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‘Sharp Objects’ Director Jean-Marc Vallée Shares His Wisdom at the ArteCareyes Film & Art Festival

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‘Sharp Objects’ Director Jean-Marc Vallée Shares His Wisdom at the ArteCareyes Film & Art  Festival
Coming off the success of “Sharp Objects” and “Big Little Lies,” director Jean-Marc Vallée spent last week at one of Mexico’s most secluded and luxurious destinations.

Far from kicking up his heels on vacation to bask in the success of both of his HBO series, the Oscar-nominated director was a mentor and honoree at the ninth annual Gnp ArteCareyes Film & Arts festival in the small town of Careyes, nestled on the Jalisco coast between Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarta.

The Careyes Creation Lab selects a group of rising Mexican and Latin American filmmakers to be guided by role models such as Vallée and Emmy-winning director Joan Darling (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show”), who tutor them in their quest to become the next Alfonso Cuarón.

Also Read: 'Sharp Objects' Alum Jean-Marc Vallee to Direct HBO's 'Gorilla and the Bird' Adaptation

Rather than simply delivering his presentation and then jetting
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‘Captain Marvel’ Weekend Two: Capturing Half of All Moviegoers

‘Captain Marvel’ Weekend Two: Capturing Half of All Moviegoers
Captain Marvel” continued its dominance with a $69 million second weekend. The 55 percent second weekend drop is on par with the most recent “Avengers” and “Thor” entries; by contrast, “Wonder Woman” and “Black Panther” each dropped about 44 percent in their second outings.

Of all moviegoers this week, about half went to see “Captain Marvel.” That left the total gross, which will end up somewhat above $140 million, about $10 million above the same weekend last year. That’s two up weekends in a row after a long string of inferior three-day totals. That brings the year-to-date drop to just under 19 percent, with a total take lagging by about $460 million from where things stood in 2018.

The domestic take so far for the Brie Larson starrer is up to $266 million 10 days in, with over $400 million (about where “Wonder Woman” ended up) looking certain. The foreign take of $494 million brings worldwide to $760 million. That makes the
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Bruce Dern to Guest Star as Writer John Rothstein in Mr. Mercedes Season 3

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With production on the third season of Mr. Mercedes already underway in Charleston, South Carolina (the same city where the new Halloween was filmed), Bruce Dern has joined the cast of the series in the guest-starring role as author John Rothstein, a reclusive character that readers will know from Stephen King's Finders Keepers (the second novel in the Bill Hodges trilogy).

Press Release: Emmy nominee and two-time Oscar nominee Bruce Dern is joining the cast of At&T Audience Network’s critically acclaimed drama series Mr. Mercedes, as a guest star. Dern will play John Rothstein, a famous and reclusive writer living on the fringes of Bridgton, Ohio.

Production on season three of the Stephen King adaptation is currently underway in Charleston, South Carolina.

Based on the Bill Hodges trilogy from prolific author Stephen King, season three of Mr. Mercedes will closely follow the story contained in “Finders Keepers,” the second book of the series,
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Sundance’s ‘Greener Grass’ Goes To Kinology For International Sales – Efm

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Sundance’s ‘Greener Grass’ Goes To Kinology For International Sales – Efm
Exclusive: Kinology will handle international sales on the Greener Grass, the comedy from Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe that just premiered in the Midnight section at the Sundance Film Festival.

The film, based on based on the pair’s SXSW award-winning short film, features D’Arcy Carden (The Good Place), Dot-Marie Jones (Glee), Julian Hilliard (The Haunting of Hill House), Mary Holland, Beck Bennett (SNL) and Neil Casey. DeBoer and Luebbe also star.

Greener Grass premiered Saturday night in Park City. 30West is repping North American rights, with Kinology now set to launch sales at next week at the European Film Market in Berlin.

Produced by Natalie Metzger (Thunder Road) and executive produced by Gulp Splash Productions and Vanishing Angle, Greener Grass is a twisted comedy set in a demented, timeless suburbia where every adult wears braces on their straight teeth,
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The Mustang (2019) Movie Trailer: Convict Matthias Schoenaerts’ Rehabilitation Begins with a Violent Horse

The Mustang Trailer Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre‘s The Mustang (2019) movie trailer stars Matthias Schoenaerts, Jason Mitchell, Bruce Dern, Gideon Adlon, and Josh Stewart. The Mustang‘s plot synopsis: “Roman (Matthias Schoenaerts), a convict in a prison in rural Nevada, participates in a rehabilitation program in which he trains wild mustangs. He struggles to connect with the horses [...]

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Loosening Oscar Rules Releases Strong Pics in Foreign-Language Race

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Loosening Oscar Rules Releases Strong Pics in Foreign-Language Race
However you slice the foreign-language film Oscar, it remains bound by rules and regulations that ensure it can never be fully representative of world cinema: in 2018, as global film production grows ever more complex and multinational, the one-film-per-country submission system looks a little quaint, excluding numerous outstanding titles that fall both within and beyond the borders of their ostensible places of origin.

To the Academy’s credit, it hasn’t turned a blind eye to the imperfections of its eligibility requirements — and one relatively recent tweak to the rules, in particular, has dramatically broadened countries’ submission options, dragging the category at least partially into the age of globalization.

Up until 2005, antiquated Academy rules stipulated that a film had to be in the official language of the country submitting it — a snag that kept many strong films from traveling filmmakers out of the running, and reached a head when Michael Haneke
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Amma Asante, Deniz Gamze Erguven join directors of 'The Handmaid's Tale' season three (exclusive)

Amma Asante, Deniz Gamze Erguven join directors of 'The Handmaid's Tale' season three (exclusive)
They join series regulars including Mike Barker and Daina Reid.

Leading international independent film directors Amma Asante and Deniz Gamze Erguven have joined the line-up of directors for the third season of Hulu and MGM Television’s award-winning The Handmaid’s Tale.

The UK’s Bafta-winning Asante is best known for Belle, A United Kingdom and Where Hands Touch, all portraying interesting female protagonists, while Turkey-born, France-based filmmaker Erguven wowed the Cannes Film Festival with her debut feature Mustang, a story of female emancipation, in 2015.

They join veteran UK film and TV director Mike Barker who has directed several episodes in the first two seasons,
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Landmark Theatres Chain Sold to Cohen Media Group

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Landmark Theatres Chain Sold to Cohen Media Group
Arthouse specialist Landmark Theatres has been sold by Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban to Cohen Media Group for an undisclosed price.

The sale ends months of speculation about Landmark’s fate — the company has been shopped around for months, reportedly drawing interest from Amazon, Netflix, and Byron Allen. Cohen Media Group chairman Charles S. Cohen, a real estate developer whose fortune is estimated to be $3.4 billion, said he will retain the senior management team of Landmark Theatres.

In an interview with Variety, Landmark Theatres president and CEO Ted Mundorff said he was pleased that the sale had been resolved and also said he was optimistic that Cohen, a cinephile, was an ideal owner.

“It’s a great day for the industry,” said Mundorff. “You have a film lover who bought a theater company… and he’s going to keep the ship running the way it has been going.”

The deal was announced Tuesday by Wagner,
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‘Tyrel’ Film Review: Jason Mitchell Elevates So-So Social Satire

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‘Tyrel’ Film Review: Jason Mitchell Elevates So-So Social Satire
The premise of writer-director Sebastián Silva’s “Tyrel” is simple enough: a guy joins his friend on a trip to the Catskills for a weekend birthday party (which also happens to be Trump’s inauguration weekend) with several people he doesn’t know, and he quickly discovers he is the only black man there.

With that in mind, the movie you expect is one that might offer some smart social commentary, a statement on fake woke-ness, or perhaps a thriller similar to Jordan Peele’s “Get Out.” Instead, what “Tyrel” offers is one stellar performance by Jason Mitchell alongside a whole bunch of loose ends, half-thought-out commentary, and no answers for the questions the film proposes. The results may leave you confused and quite cold.

Tyler (Mitchell) decides to escape from the crowded home he shares with his girlfriend and her sick mother by heading out of town with Johnny,
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Rachel Keller & Gideon Adlon Among 14 Cast In Chris Keyser & Marc Webb’s Netflix Ya Drama Series ‘The Society’

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Exclusive: Netflix has set the cast for The Society (newly titled) its Ya 10-episode drama series written by Chris Keyser and directed by Marc Webb. Rachel Keller, Gideon Adlon, Jacques Colimon (Duat), Olivia DeJonge (The Visit), Alex Fitzalan (Slenderman), Kristine Froseth, Jose Julian, Natasha Liu Bordizzo (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny), Alex MacNicoll, Jack Mulhern (Locke & Key), Salena Qureshi (Madam Secretary), Grace Victoria Cox, Sean Berdy (Switched at Birth) and Toby Wallace (Romper Stomper) join previously announced Kathryn Newton, who plays Allie.

Described as a modern take on Lord of the Flies, The Society follows a group of teenagers who are mysteriously transported to a facsimile of their wealthy New England town, left without any trace of their parents. As they struggle to figure out what has
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Pathe launches sales on Eva Green-starrer 'Proxima', reveals first image (exclusive)

Pathe launches sales on Eva Green-starrer 'Proxima', reveals first image (exclusive)
Alice Winocour’s astronaut drama co-stars Matt Dillon, Lars Eidinger and Aleksey Fateev.

Pathe International is kicking off sales on French writer-director Alice Winocour’s astronaut drama Proxima starring Eva Green as a single mother who signs up for a year-long space mission, leaving her young daughter behind. When Green’s character Sarah joins an all-male crew – played by Matt Dillon, Lars Eidinger and Aleksey Fateev – she battles to prove herself in the face of male chauvinism while coping with deep feelings of guilt and loss over the separation from her daughter.

Pathe International unveils first footage during the Afm
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Jason Mitchell Joins A24’s ‘Zola’ Movie

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Jason Mitchell Joins A24’s ‘Zola’ Movie
Exclusive: Jason Mitchell, last seen on the big screen in Sony’s SuperFly remake, is attached to co-star in the stripper saga film, Zola, which is set-up at A24. Janicza Bravo is directing the pic, which is based on a series of tweets from Aziah ‘Zola’ Wells who, in 2015, detailed a wild 2-day Flordia trip with a sex worker named Jessica, her boyfriend Jarrett, and Jessica’s violent pimp, who went by Z.

Mitchell joins previously announced Taylour Paige, who will star as the title character, as well as Riley Keough, Colman Domingo, and Nicholas Braun.

James Franco and Killer Films were originally attached to adapt the feature, which is based on a Rolling Stones article titled, Zola Tells All: The Real Story Behind the Greatest Stripper Saga Ever Tweeted by David Kushner.

Bravo co-wrote the screenplay for Zola with playwright Jeremy O. Harris, Andrew Neel, and Mike Roberts. Production
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Hulu’s ‘The First’ Stars Sean Penn, But Beau Willimon’s Drama Is Far From a One-Man Show

Hulu’s ‘The First’ Stars Sean Penn, But Beau Willimon’s Drama Is Far From a One-Man Show
When Beau Willimon was a kid, his father would leave home for up to five months at a time. Henry Willimon was a captain in the U.S. Navy and worked as an engineer on nuclear subs. For those long stretches at sea, he couldn’t even send messages home.

“One of my earliest memories, when we were stationed at Pearl Harbor, was him taking me down into a sub,” Willimon said. “To a four-year-old kid, it’s a spaceship. You’ve never seen anything like it. You’re in this completely enclosed, high-tech environment, staring through a periscope, and you know this thing is traversing the oceans underwater for months on end.”

Willimon credits these early memories for piquing his interest in space travel, and thus his new Hulu drama, “The First.” Chronicling mankind’s first manned mission to Mars, the eight-part first season also examines a bond between father
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‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ Director Had to Film His 59-Minute 3D Long Take Seven Times to Get It Just Right

‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ Director Had to Film His 59-Minute 3D Long Take Seven Times to Get It Just Right
Halfway through Bi Gan’s “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” the camera never stops rolling. The 29-year-old Chinese director’s sophomore effort is a moody noir about a man grappling with his troubled past, and the second half of the movie inhabits the character’s dreams with a dazzling 59-minute long take in 3D. This ambitious approach is a natural continuation for the director, who used a 41-minute long take through a car windshield in his 2015 debut “Kaili Blues,” but the new feature includes far more acrobatic achievements: The camera roams the shadowy halls of a cave, hovers over a motorcycle, and eventually drifts into the air — all without a single cut.

“Long Day’s Journey Into Night” was a welcome surprise to audiences at the Cannes Film Festival, who were handed 3D glasses at screenings and instructed by a title card to put them on after an hour.
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Oscars: France Selects ‘Memoir Of War’ For Foreign Language Submission

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France has selected Emmanuel Finkiel’s Memoir of War as its official selection for the Oscars’ Foreign Language film race. The pic, which Finkiel adapted from Marguerite Duras’ semi-autobiographical 1944 novel set in Nazi-occupied Paris, stars Mélanie Thierry in a story of love, loss, and perseverance against the backdrop of war.

Music Box Films holds U.S. rights to Memoir of War and released it in theaters last month.

The film came out on top on a shortlist that included Gaspar Noé’s Cannes buzz title Climax, the late Claude Lanzmann’s Les Quatre Sœurs, Mademoiselle De Joncquières by Emmanuel Mouret, and Xavier Legrand’s Jusqu’à La Garde. The choice was finalized today by France’s National Film Center (Cnc), which said the film, known in France as La Douleur (The Pain), has seen 350,00 submissions in French theaters.

The plot centers on Duras (Thierry) who is is an active
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France selects 'Memoir Of War' for Oscars

TF1 Studio handled international sales, Music Box distributed in Us earlier this year.

Memoir Of War (La Douleur) will represent France in the best foreign language category at the 91st Academy Awards next year, the country’s National Cinema Centre (Cnc) announced on Friday (September 21).

Emmanuel Finkiel’s drama stars Mélanie Thierry and is inspired by French writer Marguerite Duras’ account of her husband Antelme’s return from the Dachau concentration camp after the Second World War.

Prior to Antelme’s arrest in 1944, Duras had embarked on an affair with Dionys Mascolo, however she continued living with her husband until he recovered his health.
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Harriet Tubman Movie Begins Shooting This October

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Focus Features has announced the production start on upcoming historical documentary Harriet. This feature length biopic follows the life of heroic abolitionist Harriet Tubman. The movie is directed by Kasi Lemmons with a cast led by Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn.

Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski announced today that Focus has set production on Harriet. Tubman will be played by Tony Award-winner Cynthia Erivo (Widows), and the cast includes fellow Tony Award-winner and Grammy Award-winner Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, multiple Grammy Award-winner Jennifer Nettles, and Clarke Peters.

Awarding winning director Kasi Lemmons (Eve's Bayou) will direct a screenplay she co-wrote with Gregory Allen Howard. Debra Martin Chase with Martin Chase Productions, Daniela Taplin Lundberg with Stay Gold Features and Gregory Allen Howard will produce. They're joined by cinematographer John Toll and costume designer Paul Tazewell. Josh McLaughlin, Focus Features president of production, will oversee the production. The
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Margot Robbie, Matthias Schoenaerts to Star in World War II Thriller ‘Ruin’

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Margot Robbie, Matthias Schoenaerts to Star in World War II Thriller ‘Ruin’
Margot Robbie and Matthias Schoenaerts will star in the independent World War II thriller “Ruin.”

Justin Kurzel (“Assassin’s Creed”) will direct from a Black List script by Ryan and Matthew Firpo. Marc Butan of MadRiver Pictures is producing alongside Kurzel. MadRiver’s Ara Keshishian is executive producing alongside Nik Bower and Deepak Nayar of Riverstone Pictures, who are co-financing. Shooting is set to start in the spring in Prague.

The deal was announced Wednesday on the eve of the opening of the Toronto International Film Festival. CAA Media Finance packaged the film and is handling the U.S. rights while Imr International is launching foreign sales at Tiff.

Robbie will portray a Holocaust survivor in the ruins of post-wwii Germany, who is forced to make an unlikely alliance with an ex-ss captain, played by Schoenaerts, in her quest to exact revenge. Together, they hunt down the surviving members of
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Margot Robbie, Matthias Schoenaerts to star in Tiff sales title 'Ruin'

Margot Robbie, Matthias Schoenaerts to star in Tiff sales title 'Ruin'
Margot Robbie and Matthias Schoenaerts are attached to star in Second World War thriller Ruin, which Imr International is introducing to Toronto buyers this week.

Margot Robbie and Matthias Schoenaerts are attached to star in Second World War thriller Ruin, which Imr International is introducing to Toronto buyers this week.

Justin Kurzel will direct from The Black List screenplay by Ryan and Matthew Firpo in a package that has come together on the eve of the market. CAA Media Finance packaged the project and represents Us rights.

Principal photography on Ruin is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2019 in Prague.
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Margot Robbie & Matthias Schoenaerts To Star In WWII Thriller ‘Ruin’

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Margot Robbie & Matthias Schoenaerts To Star In WWII Thriller ‘Ruin’
Margot Robbie and Matthias Schoenaerts are attached to star in World War II thriller Ruin.

Justin Kurzel (Assassin’s Creed) will direct Ryan and Matthew Firpo’s Black List topping-script. Marc Butan of MadRiver Pictures is producing alongside Kurzel.

MadRiver’s Ara Keshishian is executive producing alongside Nik Bower and Deepak Nayar of Riverstone Pictures, who are co-financing. CAA Media Finance packaged the film and is handling the U.S. rights while IMR International will handle foreign sales.

Set in the ruins of post-WWII Germany, pic will follow a Holocaust survivor (Robbie) who is forced to make an unlikely alliance with an ex-SS captain (Schoenaerts) in her quest to exact revenge. Together, they hunt down the surviving members of the captain’s former Nazi death squad. Principal photography is slated to begin Q2, 2019 in Prague.

Robbie will next star as Queen Elizabeth I in Mary Queen of Scots for Focus Features alongside Saoirse Ronan.
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