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Canneseries: Watch Pulse Films’ Star-Studded But Unseen ‘Do Not Disturb’ (Exclusive)

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Canneseries: Watch Pulse Films’ Star-Studded But Unseen ‘Do Not Disturb’ (Exclusive)
One of the favorites heading into this year’s Canneseries Short-Form Competition has to be the star-studded anthology series “Do Not Disturb,” spearheaded by the U.K.’s Pulse Films in association with Blackpills Studio.

Michael Haussman and Larry Volpi created the series, and its nine, 10-minute episodes were written by the two along with Olivia Poulet, Mike O’Leary, Nida Manzoor and Davey Spens.

Do Not Disturb” takes the audience behind the little plastic placards we hang on hotel-room door handles when we need a nap, want to be left alone, or perhaps up to something a bit more adult, as is often the case in this show.

Some episodes are comedies, some terrifying and others sultry, but each explores the darker side of humanity that is often kept behind closed doors.

The series’ directors include Haussman, Jude Law, Jake Chapman, Mounia Akl, Dylan Southern, Will Lovelace, Zoe Casavettes and Matthew Huston.
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Amy Smart Among Four to Join DC Universe Series ‘Stargirl’

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Amy Smart Among Four to Join DC Universe Series ‘Stargirl’
The upcoming DC Universe series “Stargirl” has rounded out its main cast.

Amy Smart, Neil Jackson, Hunter Sansone and Trae Romano have all joined the show in series regular roles, Variety has learned.

Smart will play Barbara Whitmore, the mother of Courtney Whitmore, a.k.a Stargirl. Now that her teenage daughter Courtney (Brec Bassinger) is older, Barbara is jumping back into the workforce and striving to be the best mother and provider she can be to her daughter, her new husband (Luke Wilson), and her new stepson (Romano).

Romano plays Mike Dugan, Pat’s overly-charming teenage son and Courtney’s new stepbrother. Sansone and Jackson will be playing undisclosed DC characters.

Smart is known for her roles in films like “Crank” and “Crank 2: High Voltage,” “Varsity Blues,” “Road Trip,” and “The Butterfly Effect.” On the TV side, she recently recurred on CBS’ “MacGyver” and has also appered on shows such as “Justified,
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‘Stargirl’ Final Four: Amy Smart, Three Others Round Out DC Series Cast

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Stargirl, the live-action series premiering later this year on the DC Universe digital subscription service, has rounded out its core cast with the addition of four actors in series regular roles: Amy Smart, Neil Jackson, Hunter Sansone, and Trae Romano.

Smart will play Barbara Whitmore, the mother of Courtney Whitmore/Stargirl (Brec Bassinger) and new wife of Pat Dugan (Luke Wilson). With her daughter in high school, Barbara is diving back into the workforce but striving to balance workplace demands with the commitments of both matrimony and motherhood.

Smart’s TV credits include MacGyver, Shameless, Scrubs, and a season-long arc on the crictically acclaimed FX series Justified. Smart’s film work includes Break Point, Just Friends, The Butterfly Effect, Starsky & Hutch, Crank, and Crank 2: High Voltage.

Romano will play Mike Dugan, the overly charming offspring of Pat (Wilson) and the unctuous new step-relative to household newcomers Barbara and Courtney Whitmore.
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Stars Like Lena Waithe, Rachel Brosnahan Support Issues Through Fashion

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Stars Like Lena Waithe, Rachel Brosnahan Support Issues Through Fashion
On a Sunday morning in November 2017, Oscar-nominated costume designer and stylist Arianne Phillips pulled up to CAA for a meeting to which she’d been invited without receiving any other information.

Reese Witherspoon was there at that meeting, and I know her because we worked together on ‘Walk the Line,’” says Phillips, who’s also worked on “Nocturnal Animals,” “W.E.” and “A Single Man,” as well as with Madonna for more than 20 years. “She told me at that time, it hadn’t been announced, that the actresses were going to wear black in solidarity [to the 2018 Globes], and would I create a pin or something for the men who’d be supporting to wear?”

The black and white Time’s Up pin that Phillips designed became a pervasive red-carpet statement for both men and women, at the Globes and other awards shows throughout the year.

Though the “blackout” organized in protest of sexual
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After an unprecedented sweep by all 4 acting Oscar champs, only Mahershala Ali can be perfect this year

After an unprecedented sweep by all 4 acting Oscar champs, only Mahershala Ali can be perfect this year
Last year, the same four people won every televised acting precursor en route to Oscar gold for the first time, which made for a very yawn-worthy two-month trot, regardless of how deserving anyone might’ve been. Luckily, we won’t have that relentless rubber-stamping this year, as there’s only one person who can earn a perfect sweep: Mahershala Ali.

The “Green Book” star has taken home Best Supporting Actor honors at the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice, Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA Awards and is the runaway favorite to win his second Oscar. Ali wasn’t even this dominant during his first Oscar rodeo two years ago for “Moonlight,” losing the Globe to Aaron Taylor-Johnson (“Nocturnal Animals”) — who wasn’t Oscar-nominated — and the BAFTA to Dev Patel (“Lion”), and only scoring the Critics’ Choice and SAG Awards.

The other three acting frontrunners this year have suffered a loss or snub somewhere.
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2019 Writers Guild Awards: WGA is limited as guidepost to predicting Oscars

2019 Writers Guild Awards: WGA is limited as guidepost to predicting Oscars
Don’t look for “The Favourite” to win at the WGA Awards on Sunday (Feb. 17). Only scripts written under the guild’s guidelines or those of several international partners are allowed to vie for these awards, which ruled out this Oscar frontrunner for Best Original Screenplay. That limited eligibility means that these rewards are not the most reliable barometer of the eventual Oscar nominees and winners. Indeed, in the past 10 years only 65 of the WGA nominees have numbered among the 100 screenplays that reaped Academy Awards bids.

The original screenplay WGA nominees are: “Eighth Grade,” “Green Book,” “A Quiet Place,” “Roma” and “Vice.” The Oscar frontrunner, “The Favourite,” was ineligible with the WGA. The guild picks “Eighth Grade” and “A Quiet Place” didn’t make the grade with the writers branch of the academy, which rounded out the race with “First Reformed.” Without having to face off against “The Favourite” at the WGA,
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Second Opinion – Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)

Velvet Buzzsaw, 2019.

Written and directed by Dan Gilroy.

Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Toni Collette, Zawe Ashton, Tom Sturridge, Natalia Dyer, Daveed Diggs, Billy Magnussen and John Malkovich.

Synopsis:

A previously unknown painter is discovered by greedy, shallow art entrepreneurs and takes revenge in a satire/horror thriller of the art world.

Jake Gyllenhaal is Morf Vandewalt, a stuck-up art critic, who enters an otherwise boring art exhibit. But as Dan Gilroy slowly unravels this odd satire/horror film, Vandewalt accidentally helps rediscover a disturbed dead artist, Dease. Vandewalt is among the many snobbish art-world denizens including remarkably photogenic women like Josefina (Zawe Ashton), Rhodora Haze (Rene Russo), and Coco (Natalia Dyer) who plan on profiting from re-discovering Dease and awaken Dease’s wrath.

In of itself, the set-up is fairly standard as the monster lashes out at victims dumb enough to disturb its sleep. But while the film has
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David Bowie Biopic Stardust to Star Johnny Flynn

Joseph Baxter Jan 31, 2019

Stardust, a film that will depict David Bowie’s 1971 first American visit, sets actor/singer Johnny Flynn to play the legend.

The life of the late rock legend, David Bowie, is to become the centerpiece of a project that’s making the film festival rounds, titled Stardust. The project already has a star to tout in Johnny Flynn, a musician who’s already banked quite the resume as an actor.

Stardust will chronicle a critical waypoint in the career of Bowie (born David Robert Jones), setting itself in 1971 during his first trip to America, as reported via Deadline. After Bowie made evolutionary leaps from early-1960s teen idol to "Space Oddity" in 1969 to Dylan/Britpop hybrid on album Hunky Dory and a dark transition on The Man Who Sold the World, his first stateside sojourn yielded inspiration for his next creative step. There, he conceived the plan
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‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ Film Review: Jake Gyllenhaal Plays a Haunted Critic in Campy Art-World Horror Show

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‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ Film Review: Jake Gyllenhaal Plays a Haunted Critic in Campy Art-World Horror Show
Sophisticated even as it mocks the pretentiousness and inflated self-importance of those who profit from creative endeavors, Dan Gilroy’s “Velvet Buzzsaw,” which premiered Sunday at Sundance on its way to Netflix, is a deliciously vicious satire unafraid to use campy gore to assert its commentary on commodified art.

An animated title sequence crafted to resemble moving oil paintings, perhaps a nod to what’s to come later, gives way to our first encounter with Morf Vandewalt (a fabulously wild Jake Gyllenhaal), a decisively flamboyant art critic whose opinions are weighted in gold. God-like power has been attributed to his reviews: his raves can increase the value of pieces, and he can ravage entire careers when vitriolic.

Simultaneously loathed and revered, Morf has the ear both of prominent art dealer Rhodora Haze (Rene Russo) and Gretchen (Toni Collette), an La art curator with intentions to dabble in the market herself.
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‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ Review: A Silly But Toothless Satire of the Art World — Sundance

‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ Review: A Silly But Toothless Satire of the Art World — Sundance
A satirical thriller set in the inane world of Los Angeles’ contemporary art scene, Dan Gilroy’s deliriously garish “Velvet Buzzsaw” is a film that’s every bit as shiny and hollow as those colorful balloon animals that Jeff Koons has sold for millions of dollars. It’s a dull-witted joke about the violent relationship between art and commerce, and the punchline is that it’s therefore the Platonic ideal of a Netflix movie.

Nothing could better define the industry-devouring studio (or its prolific motion picture output) than a star-studded cautionary tale about the fatal danger of assigning value to an abstract thing. Not only is “Velvet Buzzsaw” the kind of batshit insane, fiercely uncommercial gif-factory of a movie that only Netflix could make, it’s also blood-soaked propaganda for a streaming platform where every piece of art has an equal price. Where a magnum opus like “Roma” is effectively
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Tom Hanks’ WWII movie Greyhound pushed back to 2020

Sony Pictures has announced that it has pushed back the release of the Tom Hanks World War II movie Greyhound, with the film now scheduled to arrive on May 8th 2020 from its original March 22nd 2019 date.

Scripted by Hanks and directed by Aaron Schneider, Greyhound will see the two-time Oscar-winner playing Commander Ernest Krause, a career naval officer given the command of a destroyer, who along with the enemy fights his self doubts and personal demons to prove he belongs.

Hanks is joined in the cast of Greyhound by Stephen Graham (This Is England), Elisabeth Shue (Death Wish), Rob Morgan (Mudbound), Karl Glusman (Nocturnal Animals), Manuel Garcia Rulfo (The Magnificent Seven) and Tom Brittney (Outlander).

In addition to the Greyhound movie, Sony has also recently announced that Ghotsbusters 3 will open on July 10th 2020 and the Spider-Man spinoff Morbius will hit cinemas later that month on July 31st 2020.

The post Tom Hanks
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First trailer for Dan Gilroy’s Velvet Buzzsaw starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo

Netflix has debuted the first trailer for Velvet Buzzsaw ahead of its arrival on the streaming service next month. The film sees writer-director Dan Gilroy reuniting with his Nightcrawler stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo and features a cast that also includes Toni Collette (Hereditary), John Malkovich (The ABC Murders), Daveed Diggs (Blindspotting), Zawe Ashton (Nocturnal Animals), Tom Sturridge (Mary Shelley), Billy Magnussen (Game Night) and Natalia Dyer (Stranger Things); watch it here…

Velvet Buzzsaw is a satirical thriller set in the contemporary art world scene of Los Angeles, where big money artists and mega-collectors pay a high price when art collides with commerce.

Velvet Buzzsaw arrives on Netflix on February 1st.

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Critics’ Choice film predictions: Richard E. Grant will stop Mahershala Ali from making history in Best Supporting Actor

Critics’ Choice film predictions: Richard E. Grant will stop Mahershala Ali from making history in Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali won the Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe for “Green Book,” but he won’t pick up a Critics’ Choice Award on Sunday, according to our odds. Richard E. Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”) is favored to take home the prize, which would deny Ali the chance to be the first person to win this category twice.

Grant, who’s nabbed a slew of critics awards, has 9/2 odds to prevail for his scene-stealing turn as Melissa McCarthy‘s drinking buddy/literal partner-in-crime Jack Hock. Seven Experts, four Editors and 14 of our Top 24 users are going with Grant. Anne Thompson (IndieWire) is the sole Expert backing Ali, who also has the support of two Editors and 10 of our Top 24 users.

See Oscars scorecard: ‘Green Book’ moves out in front after Golden Globe wins

Ali won this category two years ago for “Moonlight” on his way to the Oscar. He
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2019 Writers Guild Awards nominations: WGA is limited as guidepost to predicting Oscars

2019 Writers Guild Awards nominations: WGA is limited as guidepost to predicting Oscars
Don’t look for some of the leading Oscar contenders, including the original screenplay “The Favourite”,” in the list of nominations for the 71st annual WGA Awards announced on Jan. 7. Only scripts written under the guild’s guidelines or those of several international partners are allowed to vie for these awards. As such, these kudos are not the most reliable barometer of the eventual Oscar nominees. Indeed, in the past nine years only 58 of the WGA nominees have numbered among the 90 screenplays that reaped Academy Awards bids.

The original screenplay WGA nominees are: “Eighth Grade,” “Green Book,” “A Quiet Place,” “Roma” and “Vice.” The adapted screenplay WGA contenders are: “BlacKkKlansman,” “Black Panther,” “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “A Star Is Born.”

Last year was one of the better ones for the guild nominees as all five of the adapted screenplay contenders — “Call Me by Your Name,
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Mahershala Ali Wins Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for ‘Green Book’

Mahershala Ali Wins Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for ‘Green Book’
For his first big film role post-“Moonlight,” Oscar winner Mahershala Ali continued to add to his cache of awards, taking home the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Peter Farrelly’s “Green Book” on Sunday night. In the fact-based historical feature, Ali plays Dr. Don Shirley, an African-American jazz pianist and composer, who embarks on a cross-country tour that necessitates his hiring of a white driver (played by Viggo Mortensen) to assist him as a bodyguard while he travels through Southern states at a point when Jim Crow laws were still in place that institutionalized discrimination against people of color.

The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the lauded fest’s highest honor, the People’s Choice Award. Ali’s nuanced performance has garnered him a number of nominations during this awards season, including nods from the Bfca and the Screen Actors Guild.
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2019 Golden Globes: Will these awards predict the Oscars?

2019 Golden Globes: Will these awards predict the Oscars?
The Golden Globes, now in its 76th year, offers one of the best previews of what will win at the Academy Awards. With separate awards for drama and comedy/musical films, the Globes doubles its chances of getting Best Picture and the lead acting races right at the Oscars. Two years ago their drama pick, “Moonlight,” edged out the comedy/musical choice “La La Land” at the Academy Awards.

Last year, Globe voters went all in on “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” which won a leading four awards: Best Drama, Best Drama Actress (Frances McDormand), and Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell) and Best Screenplay for director Martin McDonagh. Both performers repeated at the Oscars.

But their film fell short in the Best Picture race at the Oscars to “The Shape of Water,” which had taken home just two Globes for director Guillermo Del Toro and composer Alexandre Desplat. They both picked up Oscar bookends.
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The BFI’s Ten Biggest Production Awards Of 2018: New Movies With Keira Knightley, Henry Golding & Liam Neeson

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The BFI’s Ten Biggest Production Awards Of 2018: New Movies With Keira Knightley, Henry Golding & Liam Neeson
New movies from Sally Potter, Sarah Gavron and Hong Khaou were among the BFI’s top ten Film Fund recipients in 2018. Potter’s untitled drama, starring Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock and Laura Linney, received the year’s biggest production grant of £1.1M. Scroll down for the top ten.

In 2017, the BFI — the UK’s lead organization for film — awarded seven movies £1M or more from its Film Fund. This year, Potter’s feature was the only one to cross the £1M mark. Other leading recipients in 2018 included Liam Neeson starrer Normal People and Keira Knightley pic Misbehaviour.

There is a healthy gender balance to the top ten awards this year with five male and five female directors in the mix. Two are feature debuts. Of course, different films will receive different amounts of money from different BFI funding strands, but this list gives a snapshot of
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Blue Fox Entertainment Reveals Official Trailer, Images, and Poster for New Psychological Thriller Braid

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"Once we get in the house, whatever she asks you to do, you're gonna have to do it." Two desperate friends encounter a hellish set of house rules in the official trailer for Braid, a new psychological thriller starring Madeline Brewer (Cam), Imogen Waterhouse (Nocturnal Animals), and Sarah Hay (Flesh and Bone). Ahead of the imaginative movie's February 1st release from Blue Fox Entertainment, the film's official trailer, key art, and images have been revealed.

Blue Fox Entertainment will release Braid in theaters and On Demand beginning February 1st. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates, and check out the official trailer, images, and key art below:

"Written and directed by rising filmmaker Mitzi Peirone, psychological thriller Braid follows Petula Thames (Imogen Waterhouse) and Tilda Darlings (Sarah Hay), two self-proclaimed artists turned dealers on the run. After mishandling thousands of dollars in narcotics, the girls are given forty-eight hours
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Horror Highlights: Alan Moore’s The Show, Thomas Dekker’s Into The Night Album, Bill Thompson’s The Nursery

Alan Moore's very first original screenplay, titled The Show, is coming to life on the big screen. Presently filming in Northampton, UK, The Show features an impressive cast that includes an appearance by Alan Moore! Also in today's Horror Highlights: info on Thomas Dekker's (The Sarah Connor Chronicles) third album, Into the Night, and release details for Bill Thompson's new novel The Nursery (the third installment of The Bayou Hauntings series).

New Image and Production Details for The Show, Written by Alan Moore: Press Release: "Thrilled to announce that Alan Moore’s first original screenplay, The Show, is currently shooting up in Northampton and we have the first official image to share with you.

Moore is the famed author of seminal graphic novels and comics, including Watchmen, V for Vendetta, From Hell and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Despite much of his work being adapted for the screen,
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Alan Moore Wrote a Gothic Fantasy Film Called The Show and Here's Our First Look

Alan Moore, the comic book writing legend behind Watchmen, Swamp Thing, V for Vendetta, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, has written a script for a new film called The Show. The photo above is our first look at the movie and it certainly looks interestingly odd.

Moore is known for distancing himself from the movies that are based on his work. He’s also been vocally angry with Hollywood over the years, so it’s weird to see that he’s actually doing a film project of his own now. This is his very first original feature film screenplay that will be produced.

Tom Burke (Only God Forgives) is set to star in the film and the story is described as a gothic fantasy drama that follows “Fletcher Dennis (Burke), who has been hired to track down a stolen artifact. This leads him to Northampton, a haunted town at
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