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Five Things Tilda Swinton Loves About Cannes

Five Things Tilda Swinton Loves About Cannes
The first time Tilda Swinton went to Cannes, it was for a film she hated. It was “Aria” in 1989, an omnibus title with contributions from Robert Altman, Jean-Luc Godard, Bruce Beresford, Nic Roeg, Charles Sturridge, Franc Roddam, and Derek Jarman. “We all got on like a house on fire,” she said. “A lot of people were drawn to libations in the crew. We all saw the film at the end, we all hated the film, and were friends for life.”

Since then, she’s attended to serve on two juries, and for eight films: Jim Jarmusch’s “Broken Flowers” and “Only Lovers Left Alive,” Béla Tarr’s “The Man From London,” David Mackenzie’s “Young Adam,” Lynne Ramsay’s “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” Bong Joon Ho’s “Okja,” and Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom.” This year, she returns with Jarmusch’s opening-night zombie comedy, “The Dead Don’t Die.
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Five Things Tilda Swinton Loves About Cannes

Five Things Tilda Swinton Loves About Cannes
The first time Tilda Swinton went to Cannes, it was for a film she hated. It was “Aria” in 1989, an omnibus title with contributions from Robert Altman, Jean-Luc Godard, Bruce Beresford, Nic Roeg, Charles Sturridge, Franc Roddam, and Derek Jarman. “We all got on like a house on fire,” she said. “A lot of people were drawn to libations in the crew. We all saw the film at the end, we all hated the film, and were friends for life.”

Since then, she’s attended to serve on two juries, and for eight films: Jim Jarmusch’s “Broken Flowers” and “Only Lovers Left Alive,” Béla Tarr’s “The Man From London,” David Mackenzie’s “Young Adam,” Lynne Ramsay’s “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” Bong Joon Ho’s “Okja,” and Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom.” This year, she returns with Jarmusch’s opening-night zombie comedy, “The Dead Don’t Die.
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Jim Jarmusch to Open Cannes 2019 With Zombie Comedy ‘The Dead Don’t Die’

Jim Jarmusch to Open Cannes 2019 With Zombie Comedy ‘The Dead Don’t Die’
The 2019 Cannes Film Festival will open Tuesday, May 14 with the world premiere of Jim Jarmusch’s zombie comedy “The Dead Don’t Die.” The movie is backed by Focus Features and stars Adam Driver, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Selena Gomez, Danny Glover, Rosie Perez, Chloë Sevigny, and more. The star-studded ensemble cast made “Dead Don’t Die” a no-brainer for opening night. The film will premiere in competition.

“The Dead Don’t Die” stars Driver, Murray, and Sevigny as local cops who must spring into action when a zombie outbreak begins impacting the town’s citizens. The movie is the latest Cannes opening night selection, following Asghar Farhadi’s “Everybody Knows,” Arnaud Desplechin’s “Ismael’s Ghost,” and Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society.” Focus Features last opened Cannes in 2012 with the world premiere of Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom.” The indie distributor picked up rights to “Everybody Knows” last year as well.
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Boyz In The Wood [SXSW 2019] Review

Boyz In The Wood builds off an old dramatic premise. Four contrasting and confused teenagers are removed from their normal lives and dropped into an arena of venture. From there, they must learn to communicate, and in doing so, bond over the truths about themselves they may never have uttered otherwise. It’s a rehashed model, perfectly suited for characters stuck in that cursed age where the question “who am I” gets only one, hasty answer.

But at no point does Boyz In The Wood feel like it has to dig its ideas out of the scraps of the other coming of age films we’ve already taken lessons from over the years: Moonrise Kingdom, Stand by Me, or especially Boyz n The Hood, which this film gets its name from but which has nowhere near the sense of adventure. Ninian Doff’s directorial debut bursts off the screen with eccentric energy and yet,
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14 Unexpected Family Films From Major Directors

Mark Harrison Feb 20, 2019

Revisiting the family-friendly films of Martin Scorsese, Robert Rodriguez and others who usually make more grown-up fare…

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

This feature contains mild spoilers for all the family films discussed, so if you haven’t seen one then proceed with caution.

Some family-friendly films come from the least expected sources. From Steven Spielberg to Robert Zemeckis, there are a fair few filmmakers whose output spans from grown-up films to G and PG-rated movies, but in the main, directors tend to become attached to films for similar demographics to their previous work.

This could be due to several big family-friendly properties, from franchises to adaptations of beloved stories, grouping in the four-quadrant center of the movie market. For instance, Transformers might have been a departure for the director who brought us the Bad Boys movies, except that all of Michael Bay's
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‘Eighth Grade’s Jake Ryan Cast In Nasim Pedrad’s TBS Comedy Pilot ‘Chad’

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‘Eighth Grade’s Jake Ryan Cast In Nasim Pedrad’s TBS Comedy Pilot ‘Chad’
Eighth Grade standout Jake Ryan is set as a lead opposite Nasim Pedrad in TBS comedy pilot Chad.

Created and written by Pedrad, Chad is a single-camera Middle-Eastern family comedy that follows a 14-year-old Persian boy, played by Pedrad, during high school as he desperately tries to fit in, cope with his mother’s dating life, and reconcile his cultural identity.

Ryan will play Peter, Chad’s (Pedrad) best friend, a sweet nerd who has nothing to prove and is “unbothered that puberty is destroying him.” Peter has no particular angst about attending his first day at high school. He is content with not being popular and is ready to have a great time, unlike the neurotic Chad.

Pedrad is exec producing and co-showrunning with Hayes Davenport. 3 Arts’ Oly Obst and Rob Rosell also serve as executive producers.

In addition to his role as Gabe (aka ‘sauce boy’) in Bo Burnham
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Review: Bob Mould Channels Hüsker Dü on Savagely Upbeat ‘Sunshine Rock’

Hüsker Dü began making records in the Reagan era, and their hardcore-punk-bad-trip-psychedelia — exemplified in a white-knuckled cover of The Byrds’ “Eight Miles High” — was a perfect reflection of Wtf rage at America’s right-wing hijacking. So it’s welcome and fitting to hear new music from ex-frontman Bob Mould during America’s current cultural crisis. What may surprise some, though, is how violently happy Mould can sound on Sunshine Rock. “Look above you, I will love you/In the sunshine” he hollers on the title track, savoring the feel of
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Top 50 Most Anticipated American Indie Films of 2019: #50. Martha Stephens’ To the Stars

To the Stars

Moving from the lopapeysa fitted, John Cassavetes Award winning Land Ho! to an Oklahoma Land Rush, Martha Stephens (profiled in our Sundance Trading Card) confidently steps into her fourth feature film, To the Stars. In what could be black & white splendor, after Passenger Pigeons, Pilgrim Song and her bonafide hit (a tandem with Aaron Katz) from Sundance 2014, Stephens shot in Oklahoma last May on a coming-of-ager project. The first project that she has not penned (cred goes to Shannon Bradley-Colleary), this sees Moonrise Kingdom actress Kara Hayward in perhaps her loftiest role to date.…
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Will ‘Isle of Dogs’ win Wes Anderson that long overdue Oscar?

Will ‘Isle of Dogs’ win Wes Anderson that long overdue Oscar?
The academy owes Wes Anderson. Quite a bit. The idiosyncratic writer/director has been nominated for six Oscars to date but has yet to win. That could change this year as his stop-motion “Isle of Dogs” is a strong contender for Best Animated Feature. As with his past films, it is uniquely his and is recognizable immediately for his signature style.

His first Oscar nomination was back in 2002 for co-writing the original screenplay of “The Royal Tenenbaums” with Owen Wilson; they he lost to Julian Fellowes’ “Gosford Park.” He and “Moonrise Kingdom” co-writer Roman Coppola lost the Best Original Screenplay race in 2013 to Quentin Tarantino and “Django Unchained.”

In between those two losses, he contended for his first animated film, “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” which lost the Oscar to the Pixar pic “Up” in 2010.

Predict the Oscar nominees now; change them until January 22

In 2015, Anderson reaped three bids for “The Grand Budapest Hotel
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Rounders, the film that started a thousand poker games – 20 years on

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“Listen, here’s the thing. If you can’t spot the sucker in your first half hour at the table, then you are the sucker.”

It’s one of the all-time great lines in poker films. It’s also one of the many hooks that has made Rounders perhaps the most iconic and influential poker film of all time.

Originally released two decades ago in what was a very different world for poker, Rounders starred Matt Damon, Edward Norton, Gretchen Mol, John Malkovich, John Turturro and Martin Landau. Written by David Levien and Brian Koppelman and directed by John Dahl, it follows a young Damon as he gets sucked back into the world of high stakes poker while trying to clear the debts of his less scrupulous friend Worm, played by Norton.

The most influential poker film ever?

It didn’t set the box office on fire, nor did it fare particularly well with critics,
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Scene Stealer Jake Ryan Just Tried to Be Himself in ‘Eighth Grade’

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Scene Stealer Jake Ryan Just Tried to Be Himself in ‘Eighth Grade’
Jake Ryan

“Eighth Grade”

Writer: Bo Burnham

Director: Bo Burnham

Former YouTube star and actor Bo Burnham makes his feature film writing/directing debut in “Eighth Grade,” a realistic take on coming of age in the era of social media. In the film, Kayla’s (Elsie Fisher) confidence-building YouTube self-help videos starkly contrast with her own life as an awkward 13-year-old in her final weeks of middle school. Determined to put herself out there, Kayla’s attempt to take her own advice results in some painful growth experiences. But while plenty of accolades justifiably have been poured on Golden Globe nominee Fisher’s breakout performance, it’s Jake Ryan as fellow fumbler Gabe who steals the memorable chicken nugget date-night scene that includes touching on splintered families through the lens of a “Rick and Morty” episode.

Ryan: “The ‘Rick-and-Morty’ scene was something Elsie talked about when we first [approached it] and we
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2019 Producers Guild Awards: Which of the 10 nominees will make the cut for Best Picture at the Oscars?

The PGA Awards has a stellar success rate at previewing the Best Picture line-up at the Oscars. When the academy expanded to 10 nominees in 2010, the Producers Guild of America followed suit. But while the Academy Awards shifted to a sliding scale in 2012, the PGA has stuck with 10 contenders (though it had 11 last year due to a tie). That leeway has helped it maintain a staggering success rate at previewing the eventual Oscars roster.

Indeed, the guild has predicted 70 of the 81 of the Best Picture nominees over the past nine years. So how many of this year’s 10 PGA nominees — “Black Panther,” “BlacKkKlansman,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” “The Favourite,” “Green Book,” “A Quiet Place,” “Roma,” “A Star is Born” and “Vice” — will make the cut with the academy?

Let’s look back at each year’s PGA Awards nominees in this new era of voting for Best Picture to see
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2019 Producers Guild Awards nominations preview: Oscar Best Picture line-up?

What can we expect when the Producers Guild of America announces its nominees for Best Picture on Friday (Jan. 4)? How closely will the guild’s top 10 preview the Academy Awards line-up that will be revealed on Jan. 22?

When the Oscars expanded to 10 nominees in 2010, the Producers Guild of America followed suit. But while the academy shifted to a sliding scale in 2012, the PGA has stuck with 10 contenders. That leeway has helped it maintain a staggering success rate at previewing the eventual Oscars roster. Indeed, the guild has predicted 70 of the 81 of the Best Picture nominees over the past nine years.

Last year, the guild went seven for nine: “Call Me by Your Name,” “Dunkirk,” “Get Out,” “Lady Bird,” “The Post,” “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” The other three guild nominees were “I, Tonya,” “Molly’s Game” and “Wonder Woman” while the Oscars rounded out their
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Guillermo del Toro's Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark Gets a Release Date a Logo

The Guillermo del Toro-produced film adaptation of the classic horror children’s novels Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is set to be released in theaters on August 9th, 2019!

We also have a photo from the set of the film featuring Del Toro, with the star of the film Zoe Coletti, as well as director André Øvredal (Trollhunters). There’s also a logo for the title, which you can see above.

The film follows a character named Stella (Colletti) who is "a young girl still haunted by her mother’s disappearance on Halloween night — an incident that she suspects her father knows more about than he lets on. Years later, Stella and her friends are involved in a Halloween prank gone wrong. But are they really at fault, or was it the work of a vengeful spirit — a female ghost who uses her scary stories to come after
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The Art Of Craft: ‘Isle Of Dogs’ Production Designer Bends Form Of Stop-Motion To Realize Vision Of An Auteur

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The Art Of Craft: ‘Isle Of Dogs’ Production Designer Bends Form Of Stop-Motion To Realize Vision Of An Auteur
In his first collaboration with Wes Anderson on Isle of Dogs, Paul Harrod translated an auteur’s live-action style to stop-motion, a medium that allowed for a spectacular visual presentation, but came with a set of limitations that proved problematic. Gathering reference materials and establishing certain visual parameters early on was Adam Stockhausen, an Oscar-winning production designer who has been the auteur’s go-to craftsman since Moonrise Kingdom, and had to leave the production early on, heading into the Vr world of Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One.

Picking up the baton, co-production designer Harrod brought 30 years of stop-motion experience to Anderson’s set, realizing early on that this production would challenge him like no other. Set in a specific vision of Japan—caught between past, present and future— the film would follow Atari, a young boy who goes on an odyssey in search of his lost dog. “Wes likes everything to be in focus,
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The Best Movies of Each Year This Decade, According to 13 Film Critics

The end of 2018 means there is only one year left before a massive wave of lists naming the best movies of the decade hits the internet. This time next year, critics will be furiously debating which film of the last 10 years stands out as the decade’s greatest achievement. While we’re still several months away from the decade lists, critics did take to Twitter over the Thanksgiving holiday to reveal their best films of each year since 2010, which is more or less a preview of the decade’s best films.

The lists started pouring in after Twitter user @RyanDubbbya went viral for asking which films were the best of each year this decade and posting his own list, which included the likes of “Black Swan” in 2010, Xavier Dolan’s “Mommy” in 2014, and the indie “Thunder Road” in 2018. The tweet took off with critics, as reviewers from IndieWire, RogerEbert.com,
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Best Animated Feature predictions: ‘Isle of Dogs’ hoping to steal Oscar bone from ‘Incredibles 2’

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In the 17 years that the Best Animated Feature category has existed at the Academy Awards, Pixar films have claimed the Oscar nine times. Will Pixar’s latest animated movie “Incredibles 2” become their 10th champion, or might Wes Anderson‘s stop-motion film “Isle of Dogs” steal its Oscar bone?

According to Gold Derby’s racetrack odds, which are derived from the predictions made by expert journalists, staff editors and users like you, “Incredibles 2” has a heroic lead to win Best Animated Feature with 16/5 odds. “Isle of Dogs” sits in second place with 37/10 odds, followed by “Ralph Breaks the Internet” (5/1 odds), “Mirai” (11/2 odds), “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (8/1 odds), “Smallfoot” (28/1 odds) and “Early Man” (35/1 odds).

SEEWill Brad Bird fly as the first animated feature director to win an Oscar three times with ‘Incredibles 2’?

Isle of Dogs” focuses on a group of canines who’ve been banished to Trash Island after
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Federica Sainte-Rose joins CAA finance group from EuropaCorp USA

New arrival most recently served at EuropaCorp USA.

On the eve of Afm, CAA has announced it has added Federica Sainte-Rose as an agent in its media finance department.

Sainte-Rose arrives from EuropaCorp USA where she served as head of worldwide acquisitions and co-productions, which she launched on behalf of the French.

During her four-year tenure with the company, Sainte-Rose acquired and oversaw such titles as Lone Scherfig’s Their Finest, John Madden’s Miss Sloane starring Jessica Chastain, James Ponsoldt’s The Circle; and The Old Man And The Gun starring Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek.

Prior to EuropaCorp USA,
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CAA Hires Former EuropaCorp USA Exec Federica Sainte-Rose To Media Finance Team

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CAA has hired former EuropaCorp USA executive Federica Sainte-Rose as an agent in its Media Finance department.

At EuropaCorp, Sainte-Rose served as Head of Worldwide Acquisitions & Co-Productions, a division she launched for the independent French studio. During her four-year tenure with the company, she acquired and oversaw such titles as Lone Scherfig’s Their Finest, John Madden’s Miss Sloane starring Jessica Chastain, James Ponsoldt’s The Circle, The Nice Guys starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, and The Old Man And The Gun starring Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek.

Prior to EuropaCorp USA, Sainte-Rose was Director Of Worldwide Acquisitions for Universal Pictures, sourcing projects for the studio and Focus Features. She previously worked at StudioCanal, where she led the acquisition of such films as Moonrise Kingdom and Silver Lining Playbook.

CAA’s Media Finance group Afm slate includes George Miller’s Three Thousand Years Of Longing and Ana Lily Amirpour’s Blood Moon.
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Beauty vs Beast: School's Out Forever

Jason from Mnpp here with our weekly "Beauty vs Beast" -- tomorrow is the 20th anniversary of Wes Anderson's film Rushmore, and so you celebrate the battle between Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman) and Herman Blume (Bill Murray) we shall. This was Anderson's second film (after Bottle Rocket) and an instant cult hit - it only made 17 million dollars in theaters but I was in college at the time and believe you me, us youngins loved it right out of the gate.

Now it's rightly heralded as a classic - you're not going to hear an unkind word from me on the hermetically crafted direction that Wes started taking his film-making after this but Rushmore does feel airy in a way that he's moved far far away from (especially with the to the millimeter specificity of his animated efforts) and it might be nice to see him sample some of this looseness again?
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