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Eddie Huang’s ‘Boogie’ Rounds Out Cast With Mike Moh, Dave East, Perry Yung, Taylour Paige and Alexa Mareka

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Eddie Huang’s ‘Boogie’ Rounds Out Cast With Mike Moh, Dave East, Perry Yung, Taylour Paige and Alexa Mareka
Exclusive: Mike Moh, Dave East, Perry Yung, Alexa Mareka and Taylour Paige are ready to Boogie. The quintet of actors are the latest to join Eddie Huang’s coming-of-age pic at Focus Features which is currently filming in New York City.

The actors round out the cast which includes previously announced newcomer Taylor Takahashi as the titular character as well as co-stars Pamelyn Chee and Jorge Lendeborg Jr..

Set against the backdrop of contemporary New York City, Boogie follows a young Chinese-American basketball phenom who struggles to balance the expectations of his immigrant family with his own dreams of becoming a player for the NBA. The pic marks the directorial debut of Huang, who also wrote the screenplay. Huang is a renaissance man who is best known for writing Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir, which was adapted into a
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‘The Borgias’ Actor Francois Arnaud To Star In Horror Indie ‘Home’

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‘The Borgias’ Actor Francois Arnaud To Star In Horror Indie ‘Home’
Exclusive: Francois Arnaud, best known for starring in the Showtime series The Borgias and NBC’s Midnight Texas, as well as young actor Christian Convery have been tapped to co-star in Home, a psychological horror indie from director Adam O’Brien. The pic stars Schitt’s Creek actress Emily Hampshire, who is also serving as an executive producer.

Written by Philip Kalin-Hajdu, the plot sees Meredith (Hampshire), her husband Jared (Arnaud) and son Alex (Convery) face unspeakable terror in the wake of a family tragedy.

O’Brien is also producing the pic via his Delirium Pictures, along with Kalin-Hajdu and Benoit Beaulieu, who also serves as the Dp.

Arnaud credits include NBC’s Blindspot, Xavier Dolan’s I Killer My Mother, Stella Meghie’s Jean of the Joneses. Convery recently wrapped on Hulu’s pilot Sweet Tooth from Team Downey and appears opposite John Cena in Paramount’s Playing With Fire.
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Stella Meghie Is Quietly Defying Hollywood Convention, One Film at a Time

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Stella Meghie Is Quietly Defying Hollywood Convention, One Film at a Time
Ask the average film enthusiast to name five black women filmmakers working today, and they will likely struggle to come up with more than a few. Narrow the criteria down to black women filmmakers working at the studio level, and their choices become even fewer, because black women are still vastly underrepresented in the director’s chair, even as industry inclusion initiatives abound. While she has three feature films on her resume (two indies and one studio) in as many years, and two in development (both at major studios), the prolific Stella Meghie remains a relative unknown for her accomplishments as one of very few black women filmmakers working at a consistent rate today.

Among the 814 movies released theatrically in the U.S. in 2018, just five of them were directed by black women filmmakers, and only one (Ava DuVernay’s “A Wrinkle in Time”) came from a studio. In 2017, Meghie
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8 Features That Center On Black Lives at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival

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Kenyan filmmaker Ng’endo Mukii recently lamented what she observed as a shocking scarcity of contemporary African films in top film festival lineups, but the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival is a happy exception. This year, Tiff maintains its history of ensuring that African cinema is well represented among its selections with as many as 15 feature films representing the continent, compared to about six that tell specifically African-American stories. Ahead of Tiff’s September 6 kickoff, here are eight highlights that center on black lives.

“Sew the Winter to My Skin” (South Africa)

South African filmmaker Jahmil X.T. Qubeka returns with his third feature, which was also a 2017 Cannes L’Atelier selection. The film is inspired by the life and times of John Kepe, a Robin Hood-esque rebel who lived in a mountain cave while stealing from colonist white farmers to give to the indigenous poor, eluding capture for years
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Sasheer Zamata to Star in Stella Meghie’s Next Film “The Weekend”

Zamata in “Sleight”

Sasheer Zamata and Stella Meghie are teaming up. The “SNL” alumna is set to topline “The Weekend,” a comedy from “Everything, Everything” helmer Meghie, Deadline reports. The pic sees Zamata playing a comedian. Written and directed by Meghie, “The Weekend” is being produced and financed by Marada PicturesSarah Lazow and James Gibb. Meghie is also among the film’s producers.

The Weekend” follows Zamata’s character as she heads on a weekend away with her ex-boyfriend (Tone Bell, “Disjointed”) and his new girlfriend (DeWanda Wise, “She’s Gotta Have It”). “Over the course of the weekend, they’re drawn into an unexpected romantic entanglement with the arrival of another guest,” the source hints.

Meghie’s latest film, 2017’s “Everything, Everything,” starred “Hunger Games’” Amandla Stenberg as a teen who’s allergic to almost everything. An adaptation of Nicola Yoon’s best-selling Ya novel of the same name,
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Stella Meghie to Write and Direct “The Photograph”

Meghie: Instagram

Stella Meghie has lined up her next project. The “Everything, Everything” helmer will write and direct “The Photograph,” Variety reports. Universal Pictures acquired the original spec, described as a “generational story about love and family.”

Will Packer (“Girls Trip”) is signed on to produce via Will Packer Productions, and Meghie is among the project’s executive producers.

Amandla Stenberg-starrer “Everything, Everything” earned more than $61 million worldwide on a budget of $10 million. An adaptation of Nicole Yoon’s Ya novel, the drama centers on an 18-year-old who has never been outside and dreams of seeing the ocean. Since she is allergic to everything, she can’t leave the house without becoming severely ill, but when she meets her new neighbor, she decides she needs more from life, sickness or no sickness.

Meghie’s first feature, “Jean of the Joneses,” earned her a screenwriting nod at the Independent Spirit Awards.

When we asked the writer-director her advice for other female filmmakers, she said, “Don’t care what people are thinking about you if you have to say no, or if you have to ask for something you need to do your job properly.

Stella Meghie to Write and Direct “The Photograph” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Studios Released Just 7 Films Directed By Women This Summer, and They Might Break the Billion-Dollar Mark

Studios Released Just 7 Films Directed By Women This Summer, and They Might Break the Billion-Dollar Mark
Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present, and future.

Thank Patty Jenkins — and then thank all the other wonder women who lit up this summer at the box office. This summer, studios released only seven films directed by women (that’s including speciality arms, and even a co-directed production), but the massive success of Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” is poised to push the total take of female-directed studio films over $1 billion.

Nothing sings quite like “a billion dollars” in Hollywood, but what’s even more heartening is the variety of films in this small group.

Wonder Woman” is the story of the summer, an $800 million superhero that established Jenkins’ supremacy as director of the highest-grossing live-action movie directed by a woman and reestablished the solvency of the creatively stifled Dceu. It also made plain just how desperate audiences are for female-focused blockbusters. The film stayed in
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‘Everything, Everything’ Director Stella Meghie: How She Became the Only Black Woman With a Wide-Release Movie in 2017

‘Everything, Everything’ Director Stella Meghie: How She Became the Only Black Woman With a Wide-Release Movie in 2017
Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present, and future.

“Everything, Everything” director Stella Meghie, who made her debut with the Canadian production “Jean of the Joneses,” isn’t just being modest when she says she didn’t expect to direct a studio film. The numbers tell us as much: Most female filmmakers struggle to get a second film off the ground, and the number of black female filmmakers in the studio system is vanishingly small.

In fact, Meghie is just one of 16 female filmmakers to have a studio-backed film hitting theaters in 2017 (that includes studio speciality divisions). However, it’s not Meghie who got lucky; it’s MGM and Warner Bros., since she might be the only person who could have made this movie.

“That was the reason why I did the film,” said its star, Amandla Stenberg, who was 13 when she broke out as
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Review: ‘Everything, Everything’ Crashes Under Its Own Self-Seriousness

Perhaps there’s nothing worse than a film with a campy premise that takes itself too seriously. Everything, Everything takes it title from a spoiler alert its lead character Maddy Whittier (Amandla Stenberg) leaves on her blog as she reviews Flowers for Algernon, another story about a chronically ill character (“Love is Everything. Everything”). This is a dull, illogical, yet sincere and well-meaning drama. Sadly, its core audience should demand more from their entertainment.

The sophomore effort from director Stella Meghie — whose debut feature, the delightful family comedy Jean of the Joneses, enjoyed a healthy life on the festival circuit last year and a well-deserved Spirit Award nomination — Everything, Everything crashes by taking itself way too seriously as it chronicles the young love of homebound Maddy and the boy next door Olly Bright (Nick Robinson). Diagnosed early in life by her physician mother Pauline (Anika Noni Rose) with a case
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening Of Everything, Everything In St. Louis

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures comes the romantic drama Everything, Everything, directed by Stella Meghie and based on the bestselling book of the same name by Nicola Yoon.

What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face…or kiss the boy next door? Everything, Everything tells the unlikely love story of Maddy, a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who due to an illness cannot leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house, and Olly, the boy next door who won’t let that stop them.

Maddy is desperate to experience the much more stimulating outside world, and the promise of her first romance. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, she and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together…even if it means losing everything.
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Everything, Everything Trailer Has Two Teens Locked in a Unique Romance

Warner Bros. has released the first trailer and poster for their upcoming drama Everything, Everything, which hits theaters May 19. This unique romance, directed by Stella Meghie and based on the bestselling book of the same name by Nicola Yoon, hails from Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures. The young adult adaptation could end up being one of the sleeper hits in a crowded summer movie season.

What if you couldn't touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face, or kiss the boy next door? The Warner Bros. drama Everything, Everything tells the unlikely love story of Maddy, a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who due to an illness cannot leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house, and Olly, the boy next door who won't let that stop them.

Maddy is desperate to experience the much more stimulating outside world,
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Moonlight sweeps the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards

The 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards took place in Santa Monica, Los Angeles yesterday, and it was a very good night for Moonlight, with the film sweeping all five awards it was nominated for – Best Feature, Best Director (Barry Jenkins), Best Screenplay (Jenkins), Best Cinematography and Best Editing – as well as receiving the honorary Robert Altman Award.

Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea) and Isabelle Huppert (Elle) were named Best Actor and Best Actress respectively, while the supporting honors went to Ben Foster (Hell or High Water) and Molly Shannon (Other People). Acclaimed horror The Witch also picked up two awards, with writer-director Robert Eggers receiving Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay.

Here’s a full list of the winners, highlighted in bold and red…

Best Feature

American Honey

Chronic

Jackie

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

Best Director

Andrea Arnold, American Honey

Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Pablo Larrain, Jackie

Kelly Reichardt,
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2017 Independent Spirit Awards: Full Winners List

2017 Independent Spirit Awards: Full Winners List
The 32nd Independent Spirit Awards took place on Feb. 25 in Los Angeles. Many Oscar contenders — such as “Moonlight” and “Manchester by the Sea” — were nominated alongside smaller titles such as “American Honey” and “Chronic,” making for a truly unpredictable show.

Read More: 2017 Independent Spirit Awards: Who Will Win and Who Should Win — Critics Survey

The full list of nominees is below, with winners in bold.

Best Feature

Moonlight

American Honey

Chronic

Jackie

Manchester by the Sea

Best Director

Barry Jenkins –”Moonlight

Andrea Arnold –”American Honey

Pablo Larraín –”Jackie

Jeff Nichols –”Loving

Kelly Reichardt –”Certain Women

Best Male Lead

Casey Affleck –”Manchester by the Sea” as Lee Chandler

David Harewood –”Free in Deed” as Abe Wilkins

Viggo Mortensen –”Captain Fantastic” as Ben Cash

Jesse Plemons –”Other People” as David Mulcahey

Tim Roth –”Chronic” as David Wilson

Best Female Lead

Isabelle Huppert –”Elle” as Michèle Leblanc

Annette Bening –”20th Century Women” as
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'Moonlight' wins best feature at 2017 Spirit Awards

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'Moonlight' wins best feature at 2017 Spirit Awards
A24’s drama – and the distributor itself – enjoyed a huge Saturday afternoon at Film Independent’s 32nd annual Spirit Awards ceremony on the beach in Santa Monica.

Best feature winner Moonlight won six awards and took the plaudits on an afternoon that also sends best director winner Barry Jenkins to Sunday’s Oscars in high spirits and recognised Friday night’s César winner Isabelle Huppert for Elle and Casey Affleck for Manchester By The Sea in the lead acting categories.

Besides best feature and director, Moonlight won screenplay for Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney, cinematography for James Laxton, and editing for Joi McMillon and Nat Sanders.

The film started the ceremony as joint frontrunner with American Honey on six nominations and converted all six, including the previously announced Robert Altman Award. American Honey went away empty-handed.

It was a triumphant afternoon for A24, which made its first financing foray on Moonlight and also distributed Robert Eggers’s first
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2017 Independent Spirit Awards: The Complete Winners List

2017 Independent Spirit Awards: The Complete Winners List
The 32nd annual Independent Spirit Awards, sponsored by Perrier-Jouët, kicked off Saturday at the Santa Monica Pier in California, honoring the best independent films of 2016.

Oscar contenders like Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight are both nominated for awards, alongside smaller films like American Honey and Chronic, making Saturday's awards ceremony truly anyone's game.

Related: Final Oscars Predictions 2017: Here's Who Should Win and Who Will Win the Biggest Awards!

Check back for updates to see who wins big.

Best Feature

American Honey

Chronic

Jackie

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

Best Director

Andrea ArnoldAmerican Honey

Barry JenkinsMoonlight

Pablo LarraínJackie

Jeff NicholsLoving

Kelly ReichardtCertain Women

Best Male Lead

Casey AffleckManchester by the Sea

David HarewoodFree in Deed

Viggo MortensenCaptain Fantastic

Jesse PlemonsOther People

Tim RothChronic

Best Female Lead

Annette Bening –20th Century Women

Isabelle HuppertElle

Sasha LaneAmerican Honey

Ruth NeggaLoving

Natalie PortmanJackie

Best Supporting
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Robert Eggers Wins Independent Spirit Best First Screenplay Award For ‘The Witch’

Robert Eggers Wins Independent Spirit Best First Screenplay Award For ‘The Witch’
Robert Eggers took home the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay Saturday. The writer and director of “The Witch,” Eggers’ debut feature is a beautifully shot horror about a Puritan family’s brush with witches told entirely in old English. Set in New England decades before the Salem witch trials of 1692, “The Witch” was lauded for its daring and inventive new take on the classic genre.

Originally a designer for experimental and classical theater in New York City, Eggers transitioned to film as a designer and by directing shorts. In his acceptance speech, Eggers said: “I want to thank my wife, who had to be around for four years while I was obsessed with witches… Also thanks to the Puritans, who wrote a lot of stuff down. Otherwise I couldn’t have written this.”

Read More: 2017 Independent Spirit Awards: Full Winners List — Updating Live

Eggers also thanked powerhouse indie
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2017 Independent Spirit Awards Presenters: Viggo Mortensen, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson and More (Exclusive)

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2017 Independent Spirit Awards Presenters: Viggo Mortensen, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson and More (Exclusive)
We learned early last month that Nick Kroll and John Mulaney are co-hosting the Independent Spirit Awards, and now IndieWire can exclusively announce the presenters at this Saturday’s ceremony. Nine actors will be lending their talents to the proceedings: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Orlando Bloom, Viggo Mortensen, Kerry Washington, Miles Teller, Samuel L. Jackson, Freida Pinto, Fred Armisen and Amanda Peet.

Read More: Independent Spirit Awards: Nick Kroll and John Mulaney Love Spending Every Waking Hour Together in New Promos

In addition, Gary Clark Jr. is serving as the one-man house band for the ceremony, the Spirit Awards’ 32nd. The awards will be broadcast live on IFC at 5 p.m. Est this Saturday. Full list of nominees below.

Read More: 2017 Independent Spirit Awards: Nick Kroll and John Mulaney to Co-Host Ceremony

Best Feature:

American Honey

Chronic

Jackie

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

Best Director:

Andrea Arnold, “American Honey

Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight

Pablo Larraín,
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‘Everything, Everything’ Trailer: This Summer’s Potential Ya Tearjerker

‘Everything, Everything’ Trailer: This Summer’s Potential Ya Tearjerker
Director Stella Meghie‘s (Jean of the Joneses) adaptation of Nicola Yoon’s novel, Everything, Everything, looks like a movie that’ll get some moviegoers reaching for a kleenex box. The romance stars Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games) and Nick Robinson (Jurassic World) in a love story about a teenage girl who can’t ever leave the house. Below, watch the Everything, Everything trailer. 18-year-old Maddy Whittier […]

The post ‘Everything, Everything’ Trailer: This Summer’s Potential Ya Tearjerker appeared first on /Film.
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Nick Robinson and Amandla Stenberg star in trailer for Everything Everything

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Author: Zehra Phelan

Last year’s Me Before You had to be the number one ‘chick flick’ (sorry, romantic drama) of the year despite the controversy of its subject. Warner Bros. are looking to up the romance stakes in Everything, Everything and lo and behold they have chosen Valentine’s Day to release its trailer… how cliché!

Everything, Everything sees The Hunger Games very own Amandla Stenberg as Maddy, a teenage girl kept in the confines of her own home because of an illness she has which means she cannot go outside. Along comes the boy next door in the form of Nick Robinson (Jurassic World) as Olly and without even officially meeting falls for his charming texts – well that’s what we can gather from the trailer.

Related: Where Hands Touch First Images

Jean of the Joneses director Stella Meghie takes the driving seat here and she also co-wrote
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It's Only the End of the World and Operation Avalanche recognized among the 2017 Canadian Screen Award Nominations

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It's Only the End of the World and Operation Avalanche recognized among the 2017 Canadian Screen Award NominationsIt's Only the End of the World and Operation Avalanche recognized among the 2017 Canadian Screen Award NominationsAdriana Floridia1/17/2017 2:50:00 Pm

This morning the Canadian Screen Awards announced their 2017 nominations, recognizing the best of last year's Canadian films.

The awards are given out by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. This year's nominees boast a diverse line up of films that tell stories not just in English and French, but also Mandarin, Atikamekw and Inuktiut.

The most high-profile of the bunch would have to be Xavier Dolan's It's Only the End of the World, which is a likely contender at the Oscars this year in the Best Foreign Language Film category. It made the shortlist of nine films that will be considered at the Oscars, which also includes Germany's Toni Erdmann and Chile's Neruda.
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