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‘Teen Spirit’ Film Review: Elle Fanning Sings – Boy, Does She Sing – in Indie Musical

‘Teen Spirit’ Film Review: Elle Fanning Sings – Boy, Does She Sing – in Indie Musical
Teen Spirit,” which premiered at last fall’s Toronto International Film Festival, has a scene in which our mild-mannered heroine, an aspiring singer Violet, performs a song with such verve and power that everyone who knows her is left with mouths agape.

They’re all thinking exactly the same thing: “We didn’t know she had it in her.”

And “Teen Spirit” might also have that effect on its viewers — because while we’ve seen great things in the past from Elle Fanning, who plays Violet, we’ve never seen her sing and perform like this. Like the characters on screen, we didn’t know she had it in her.

Fanning’s performance is one of the most surprising things about “Teen Spirit,” a goodhearted and entertaining film about stardom in the “American Idol” era that also marks the directorial debut of Max Minghella. The actor is now following in
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Trial by Fire Trailer: Did Texas Execute an Innocent Man?

Roadside Attractions has released the first trailer for Trial by Fire. This comes from director Edward Zwick, who has somewhat quietly been behind the camera for some excellent dramas over the past decade or so that didn't earn quite as much attention as some of his earlier work, such as Glory, Courage Under Fire or Blood Diamond. But this looks to be in line with what the filmmaker does best, and he's aided by two very talented performers in front of the camera in Laura Dern and Jack O'Connell.

This initial look at the real-life drama is harrowing and gut-wrenching. We kick off with a man being sentenced to death for a grizzly and horrible murder, which he may or may not have actually committed. It's an ugly look at life in prison and a touching look at an unlikely friendship. This thing is drenched in human emotion. It looks
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Original Darth Maul voice actor recorded lines for Solo: A Star Wars Story before being replaced

Peter Serafinowicz, the original voice actor for Darth Maul, has revealed that he recorded lines for Solo: A Star Wars Story before being replaced by Sam Witwer.

Maul’s cameo appearance in Solo: A Star Wars Story was a huge surprise to audiences and remains one of the film’s most memorable moments, linking the Original and Prequel trilogy eras in a big way.

Maul was performed by original actor Ray Park in the film with Sam Witwer providing the voice, much as he has done in recent Star Wars animated properties. But it turns out that this wasn’t always the plan as Peter Serafinowicz, who voiced Maul in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, originally recorded lines for Solo before being replaced.

Speaking to Collider about the situation, the actor said: “I was like, ‘Wow, okay, cool. How cool to bring this character back.’ And Ray Park
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Ari Aster says Midsommar is like a Wizard of Oz for perverts

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Well, I can't say that I've heard anyone describe their film quite like that, but I love it. After blowing audiences away with Hereditary, writer/director Ari Aster is set to unleash another delightfully horrific tale of terror later this year. Midsommar will be centered around a vacationing couple, played by Florence Pugh (Fighting With My Family) and Jack Reynor (Sing Street), who…
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Disney film chief thinks Solo: A Star Wars Story reception was a little unfair

The Star Wars franchise found itself in unfamiliar territory last year, with Disney and Lucasfilm’s second Anthology film Solo: A Star Wars Story becoming the first instalment in the series to disappoint at the box office.

Coming off a troubled production where Ron Howard was brought in to reshoot the majority of the film after the firing of original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller – and finding itself being in the unfortunate position of opening just five months after the hugely divisive Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Solo was met with mixed reviews, and grossed just $392 million at the box office – a far cry from the billion dollar plus hauls of Disney’s first three Star Wars movies.

Speaking to THR, Disney’s film chief Alan Horn spoke about the sky high expectations placed upon Disney’s big movie offerings, stating that he felt the media reaction to Solo was a little unfair.
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Scott Free Ups David W. Zucker To Head Of Worldwide TV In Reorganization, Hires Marina Brackenbury In UK

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Scott Free Ups David W. Zucker To Head Of Worldwide TV In Reorganization, Hires Marina Brackenbury In UK
Exclusive: Ridley Scott’s Scott Free is restructuring its TV operation, promoting longtime Us-based President of Television David W. Zucker to Head of Worldwide TV. In his expanded new role, he will oversee both Scott Free’s Us and UK TV divisions as the company is looking for stronger integration of its creative efforts on both sides of the pond and plans to more actively pursue co-productions.

In the new structure, Marina Brackenbury has been brought in as Head Film and TV in the UK, reporting to Zucker and working alongside Zucker’s top lieutenants in the Us, EVPs Jordan Sheehan and Clayton Krueger, with the three working across the company’s slate, domestically and internationally. Brackenbury succeeds Ed Rubin, who recently stepped down as Managing Director of Scott Free London as the company was getting ready to implement the reorganization.

Also promoted is Carina Sposato to VP in the company’s Los Angeles office,
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Sundance Film Festival 2019 Review – Blinded by the Light

Blinded by the Light, 2019.

Directed by Gurinder Chadha.

Starring Viveik Kalra, Kulvinder Ghir, Nell Williams, Aaron Phagura, Meera Ganatra, Hayley Atwell, Rob Brydon, Dean-Charles Chapman, Frankie Fox, and Sally Phillips.


In 1987 during the austere days of Thatcher’s Britain, a teenager learns to live life, understand his family and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen.

Confession time. I had never listened to a Bruce Springsteen song until I saw Blinded by the Light at the Sundance Film Festival. Sure, I knew about him and knew the titles to some of his most famous songs – but I hadn’t listened to a song in full and had therefore absolutely no emotional connection to his music. This is to say, I was converted into a full-on fan of “The Boss” after I had the time of my life watching Gurinder Chadha’s (Bend it Like Beckham) newest film,
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Win Passes To The St. Louis Advance Screening Of Isn’T It Romantic – Stars Rebel Wilson And Liam Hemsworth

From New Line Cinema comes the romantic comedy Isn’T It Romantic, starring Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth (the “Hunger Games” films), Adam Devine and Priyanka Chopra, under the direction of Todd Strauss-Schulson.

New York City architect Natalie works hard to get noticed at her job but is more likely to be asked to deliver coffee and bagels than to design the city’s next skyscraper. And if things weren’t bad enough, Natalie, a lifelong cynic when it comes to love, has an encounter with a mugger that renders her unconscious, waking to discover that her life has suddenly become her worst nightmare—a romantic comedy—and she is the leading lady.

Wilson stars as Natalie, alongside Hemsworth as Blake, a handsome client; Devine as her co-worker and earnest best friend, Josh; and Chopra as Isabella, a model and self-proclaimed yoga ambassador.

Strauss-Schulson directed from a screenplay by Erin Cardillo and Dana Fox & Katie Silberman,
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‘Blinded by the Light’ Film Review: Joyous Indie Musical Soars to Songs of Bruce Springsteen

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‘Blinded by the Light’ Film Review: Joyous Indie Musical Soars to Songs of Bruce Springsteen
One of the running themes of “Blinded by the Light” is how Bruce Springsteen was considered irrelevant by British teens in 1987 — but the lengthy standing ovation for the film at Sundance on Sunday evening and the $15 million sale that followed in short order on Monday morning made it clear that Sundance has a new Boss this year.

And “Blinded by the Light” is pulling out of here to win, to quote a certain Jersey boy.

Adapted from the terrific Sarfraz Manzoor memoir “Greetings From Bury Park” and directed by Gurinder Chadha with the same humanistic zest she brought to “Bend It Like Beckham,” “Blinded by the Light” is corny, silly, as overblown as one of Springsteen’s grandest anthems and damn near irresistible.

You might shake your head at characters breaking into full-throated versions of “The Promised Land,” “Thunder Road” and especially “Born to Run,” but if you don’t surrender to this grand lunacy,
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‘Blinded by the Light’ Review: An Ecstatic Story About the Power of Springsteen — Sundance

‘Blinded by the Light’ Review: An Ecstatic Story About the Power of Springsteen — Sundance
Gurinder Chadha’s “Blinded by the Light,” a glorious and almost terminally pure coming-of-age story about a repressed British Pakistani teen in 1987 Luton whose mind explodes when he discovers an uncool American poet by the name of Bruce Springsteen, is a film that feels as out of time as the music tastes of its 16-year-old protagonist. It exudes the earnestness of a Bollywood musical, embraces the familiar immigrant tropes of a less diasporic world, and electrifies its paper-thin but profoundly lovable characters with an optimism that’s as rare in Thatcher’s England as it is in Trump’s America.

And Chadha isn’t the least bit sorry about that, nor about how transparently she combines the warm cross-cultural friction of her own “Bend it Like Beckham” with the exuberance of “Sing Street” before transforming them both with the bone-deep power of the Boss himself (Springsteen gave her permission to
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Sundance 2019: 'Blinded by the Light' is Optimistic 80s Springsteen Joy

This might just be the feel-good film of the year. And it's definitely the best British indie musical since Sing Street. The latest film by Gurinder Chadha, titled Blinded by the Light, just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to a well-earned standing ovation and plenty of cheers. This 1980s rock musical inspired by and integrating the music of Bruce Springsteen, will leave you with that euphoric feeling of wonder and happiness. At least that's how I felt as soon as it ended. This joyful, upbeat, optimistic film is about a Pakistani teen living in a small town in Britain in the 80s who instantly falls in love with Springsteen the moment a friend introduces him to his music. As he struggles with family and racism, he lets the music guide him through adolescence. Set in the late 80s, Blinded by the Light tells the true story ...
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‘Wayne’ YouTube Original Series Tops 10 Million Views For Pilot Episode

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The new YouTube Original series Wayne, a gritty action comedy series starring Mark McKenna as “Wayne” and Ciara Bravo as “Del,” has surpassed 10 million views for its pilot episode.

The 10 million views were accumulated in five days, January 16 to January 21. Viewers are now able to binge all 10 episodes on YouTube Premium.

The 10 episode series from the writers of Deadpool and Zombieland follows 16-year-old Wayne as he sets out on a dirt bike with his new crush Del to take back the 1978 Pontiac Trans Am that was stolen from his father before he died.

The series is written and created by Shawn Simmons. It is executive produced by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, Greg Coolidge (“Ride Along”), and Kirk Ward. The series hails from Endeavor Content. The pilot was directed by Iain McDonald.
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‘Wayne’ Review: It’s ‘The End of the F***ing World,’ But This YouTube Original Is Better Than Fine

‘Wayne’ Review: It’s ‘The End of the F***ing World,’ But This YouTube Original Is Better Than Fine
“‘Bonnie and Clyde’ for the younger generation” must be a hot pitch around Hollywood. After Netflix struck cult-classic gold with “The End of the Fucking World” in early 2018, YouTube has another rebellious-teen/road-trip romance to rev up the new year. And unlike so many inadvertent entertainment twins, where one entry dwarfs the other, “Wayne” is worth watching.

Created by Shawn Simmons (“School of Rock”) and produced by the “Deadpool” team of Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the half-hour black comedy follows Wayne (Mark McKenna of “Sing Street”) as he takes and doles out beatings, each delegated by his sense of duty. The 15-year-old tough guy has quite a reputation around his southeastern Massachusetts hometown, and most kids run when they hear, “Wayne’s comin’!” But his vengeance stems from pain: Wayne’s mother up and left, while his father (Ray McKinnon) is dying from workplace illness.

Absent from school for
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Oscar Flashback: ‘Writing’s on the Wall,’ ‘City of Stars’ and ‘Remember Me’ triumph in Best Original Song

Oscar Flashback: ‘Writing’s on the Wall,’ ‘City of Stars’ and ‘Remember Me’ triumph in Best Original Song
This article marks Part 26, the final entry of the Gold Derby series analyzing 84 years of Best Original Song at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at the timeless tunes recognized in this category, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the winners.

The 2015 Oscar nominees in Best Original Song were:

“Earned It” from “Fifty Shades of Grey

“‘Til It Happens to You” from “The Hunting Ground

Manta Ray” from “Racing Extinction

“Writing’s on the Wall” from “Spectre

“Simple Song #3” from “Youth”

Won: “Writing’s on the Wall” from “Spectre

Should’ve won: “‘Til It Happens to You” from “The Hunting Ground

This race in Best Original Song began on a rather disheartening note, with the release of the full list of tunes eligible for consideration in the category. Notably absent from the list, in spite of rave reviews and a Golden Globe nomination, was
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Solo: A Star Wars Story co-writer ponders what might have been with a December release

It was quite a controversial decision when Disney decided to push back the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens from the saga’s traditional May date to December, but in the three years following, the Star Wars franchise firmly established its box office dominance over the final month of the year.

The Force Awakens amassed a whopping $2.068 billion from its 2015 release, with 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story adding a further $1.056 billion and last year’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi grossing $1.333 billion despite splitting the fanbase and receiving the most divisive reaction of any Star Wars movie to date.

However, the saga returned to the month of May this year, although it was anything but triumphant, with Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story tanking at the box office (the first instalment of the franchise to do so) with just $392.9 million and leading Disney and Lucasfilm
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‘Float Like A Butterfly’ First Trailer: Irish Boxing Drama From ‘Sing Street’ Producer Won Tiff Fipresci Discovery Prize

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Exclusive: Here’s a nice first trailer for Irish boxing drama Float Like A Butterfly, which picked up the Fipresci Discovery Prize at the Toronto Film Festival.

The second film from writer-director Carmel Winters (Snap), Float was filmed on location in West Cork and follows 15-year-old Frances who has been raised in roadside camps in rural Ireland and wants to become a boxing champion like her idol Muhammad Ali. However, she must overcome cultural and familial hurdles to achieve her dreams.

The film, which is repped for world sales by WestEnd Films, also won the Audience Award in Cork where it had its Irish premiere in November. Starring are Hazel Doupe (Ripper Street), Dara Devaney (Camelot), Aidan O’Hare (The Wind That Shakes The Barley), Lalor Roddy (Hunger), Hilda Fay (The Cured), Packy Lee (Peaky Blinders) and newcomer Johnny Collins.

Producers are Martina Niland (Sing Street) for Port Pictures and
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Top of the Class – Greatest Movie Schools

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Academic institutions are often said to be the making of us. Whether it is the rough and tumble of Grange Hill, the magic of Hogwarts, the threat of Oates Military Academy in Bill & Ted or to ponder on the Theory of everything with the promise of an Oxford Summer School, school life is ripe for the dramatic narrative. Many writers and directors have plundered the chaos and camaraderie of their school days for inspiration and, as most of us have our own early years’ education to compare, they will remain a popular choice for filmmakers.

To register our interest in this subject we aim to take a tour of some of the finest cinematic campuses. Though we’ll be holding our fists airward in solidarity with the American high schools of Ferris Bueller, The Breakfast Club, Ridgemont High and so on, we aim to take a look at those closer to home.
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Anna Hathaway leads star-studded ensemble for Amazon’s Modern Love

Amazon has announced a rather stellar ensemble cast for its upcoming anthology series adaptation of the New York Times podcast and column Modern Love.

Joining Oscar-winner Anne Hathaway in the eight-episode half hour series will be Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey, Dev Patel, John Slattery, ndy Garcia, Cristin Milioti, Olivia Cooke, Andrew Scott, Shea Whigham, Gary Carr, Sofia Boutella and John Gallagher Jr., Brandon Victor Dixon, Catherine Keener and Julia Garner.

“It’s like I woke up in the actor candy store. We’ve managed to assemble a dream cast of my favorite actors,” said showrunner John Carney via THR. “It’s a testament to the reach of the original column and of how, now more than ever, love is the only certainty.”

In addition to the cast, it has also been announced that Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe), Emmy Rossum (Shameless) and Tom Hall (Sensation) have signed on to direct episodes.

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‘Modern Love’ Anthology Series in the Works from John Carney and Amazon

‘Modern Love’ Anthology Series in the Works from John Carney and Amazon
Once again, newspapers and podcasts are the new TV. This time, “Modern Love” is the latest example.

The long-running feature in the New York Times, about all the kaleidoscopic ways love enters the human experience, is on its way to becoming an eight-part series from Amazon and executive producer John Carney.

Monday’s announcement also revealed that the show has already tapped a number of directors, including “Catastrophe” co-creator Sharon Horgan, Emmy Rossum, and Tom Hall. Production on the series is currently underway in New York. Carney, the writer/director behind “Once” and “Sing Street,” will serve as “Modern Love” showrunner. This will not be his first foray in TV, having previously worked on the RTÉ series “The Modest Adventures of David O’Doherty” and “Bachelors Walk,” on which Hall also wrote and directed.

The “Modern Love” podcast (a frequent pick on IndieWire’s Best Podcast Episodes lists) brings in
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Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey Among Star-Studded Cast of Amazon Anthology 'Modern Love'

Amazon's upcoming series Modern Love has landed a star-studded cast to tell stories based on the New York Times column and podcast.

The eight-episode, half-hour anthology will feature the likes of Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey, Dev Patel, John Slattery, Brandon Victor Dixon, Catherine Keener and Julia Garner, among others. The show has also signed Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe), Emmy Rossum (Shameless) and Tom Hall (Sensation) to direct episodes.

"It's like I woke up in the actor candy store. We've managed to assemble a dream cast of my favorite actors," showrunner John Carney (Once, Sing Street) said Monday in ...
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