‘Domino’ Exclusive Clip: Brian De Palma’s Upcoming Thriller Features A Mini-‘Game Of Thrones’ Reunion

The process of bringing “Domino” to the theaters has been difficult and well-documented. While the film has seemingly sat on the shelf for a while, with filmmaker Brian De Palma sharing some harsh words about the working conditions, the upcoming terrorist thriller is finally arriving on the big screen later this month. And no matter what, more De Palma is always a good thing.

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In honor of the film’s impending release, we are happy to bring our readers an exclusive look at a clip from “Domino.” For those that haven’t been following the progress of the film, “Domino” is written by Petter Skavlan and directed by the aforementioned De Palma.

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‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ Trailer: Old Hollywood Lives Again In Quentin Tarantino’s New Vision

If you are a fan of the pictures you have probably heard of a little movie coming out called, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” After the much-mocked poster – featuring leading stars, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt – made its Film Twitter, photoshop meme rounds, we were given our first official peek at director Quentin Tarantino’s 9th film (which would make it the writer/director’s penultimate movie project, if he sticks to his guns re: his ‘retire after I make 10 movies’ statement.

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‘Black Mirror’ Season 5 Episode Trailers: Miley Cyrus and Anthony Mackie Go Full Cyborg

Netflix has released individual trailers for each of the three new “Black Mirror” episodes, and the show has never looked more forward-thinking. This short season returns the British show to its original form of three episodes per season, the release strategy for its initial two seasons on Channel 4. Until now, both Netflix seasons have included six episodes. The cerebral sci-fi series set in a slightly augmented future returns this June, following its wildly successful choose your own adventure movie “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch,” released on Netflix in December of last year.

These new trailers offer a first look at episodes starring Miley Cyrus and Anthony Mackie, two very different actors both taking on what will surely become some of the most memorable roles of their careers. Cyrus appears to play a pop star not unlike herself, except with her intelligence transferred into a cybernetic doll. Topher Grace also plays a

Gaspar Noé’s ‘Lux Æterna’ Descends Into Self-Referential Pandemonium [Cannes Review]

Alfred Hitchcock’s advice for aspiring filmmakers famously included a succinct but pertinent recommendation: “Torture the women.” Known for other provocative titles like the erotic drama “Love” and last year’s trippy dance thriller “Climax,” Gaspar Noé takes a cue from Hitchcock’s book in what Noé describes as a “modest essay about beliefs and the art of filmmaking.” For “Lux Æterna,” which screened out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival, the only necessary trigger warning is “directed by Gaspar Noé.”

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Indeed, the women in Noé’s self-referential film-within-a-film are subjected to a number of grisly outcomes.

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Woody Allen Gets The Us Rights Back For ‘A Rainy Day’ From Amazon But Distribution Might Be Hard To Find

Fans of filmmaker Woody Allen should be happy to know that Amazon has reportedly given back the controversial director the domestic distribution rights for his long-delayed film “A Rainy Day in New York.” However, that’s just the first step in what is sure to be a dicey process of bringing his film to Us theaters.

Variety is reporting that Amazon has given Allen the rights to his film, but the future of a Us release is far from a guarantee.

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Delayed All-Black Cast ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ Remake Will Finally Be Released

Ld Entertainment’s reimagining of “Jacob’s Ladder,” the 1990 psychological thriller directed by Adrian Lyne, starring Tim Robbins, has set what should be a final release date, six years after the project was launched.

Directed by David M. Rosenthal and written by Jeff Buhler and Sarah Thorp, this reimagining stars Michael Ealy, Jesse Williams, and Nicole Beharie.

In the original, scripted by Bruce Joel Rubin, the protagonist is a Vietnam veteran whose experiences prior to and during the war result in fragmented flashbacks and bizarre hallucinations that continue to haunt him, as he desperately tries to get to the bottom of it all. Although not a box office hit ($26 million gross on a $25 million budget), the film went on to achieve cult hit status.

First announced in 2013, and finally shot in 2016, Ld Entertainment’s remake has remained mostly shrouded in secrecy. The production company’s goal was to produce more of an homage,

“My Work Has Always Inhabited That Liminal Space Between Desire and Compulsion”: Five Questions for Michelle Handelman On Her New Installation at signs and symbols

In its final week at Manhattan gallery signs is symbols is artist and filmmaker Michelle Handelman’s installation, Lover Hater Cunty Intellectual, a kind of remix of last year’s large-scale Sfmoma installation Hustlers & Empire for the smaller and more intimate studio space. The previous exhibition was centered around three archetypal characters — “real and imagined hustlers” drawn from three seminal works: Iceberg Slim’s Pimp (1967), Marguerite Duras’s The Lover (1984) and Federico Fellini’s Toby Dammit (1968). This new exhibition focuses solely on a character inspired by Duras and the semi-autobiographical protagonist of her novel and performed by queer Latinx artist […]

“My Work Has Always Inhabited That Liminal Space Between Desire and Compulsion”: Five Questions for Michelle Handelman On Her New Installation at signs and symbols

In its final week at Manhattan gallery signs is symbols is artist and filmmaker Michelle Handelman’s installation, Lover Hater Cunty Intellectual, a kind of remix of last year’s large-scale Sfmoma installation Hustlers & Empire for the smaller and more intimate studio space. The previous exhibition was centered around three archetypal characters — “real and imagined hustlers” drawn from three seminal works: Iceberg Slim’s Pimp (1967), Marguerite Duras’s The Lover (1984) and Federico Fellini’s Toby Dammit (1968). This new exhibition focuses solely on a character inspired by Duras and the semi-autobiographical protagonist of her novel and performed by queer Latinx artist […]

‘The Fountainhead’: Zack Snyder Still Wants To Make His “Super Fun And Crazy” Film About “Architecture And Sex”

Recently, it was announced that filmmaker Zack Snyder was going to take a break from superhero films, after leaving the Dceu in the rearview mirror, and venture back into the genre that really put him on the map — zombies. However, before his “Army of the Dead” was announced, the filmmaker publicly said that he wanted to adapt Ayn Rand’s novel “The Fountainhead” for the big screen.

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George R.R. Martin Says His ‘Game Of Thrones’ Ending Will Be Released & Will Be Different…But Also Not

Winter came. It’s done. It’s over. Now, all that’s left is the destruction. That’s basically the best way to describe the aftermath of Sunday’s “Game of Thrones” series finale. Watched by a record number of folks on HBO, the episode instantly polarized fans and left many wondering how much of series’ creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss took from author George R.R. Martin and how much they ignored.

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George R.R. Martin Says ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale Sort Of Got Book Ending Right, But Not Everything
George R.R. Martin Says ‘Game of Thrones’ Finale Sort Of Got Book Ending Right, But Not Everything

“It is hard to believe it is over, if truth be told,” George R.R. Martin wrote in a new blog post reacting to the series finale of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” The series signed off May 19 with a divisive finale that nonetheless broke HBO ratings records. Now that the HBO series has ended, are the final two “Thrones” books Martin is writing spoiled? Kind of, but not exactly, as the author stressed once again how different the show became once it passed his published novels.

“There are characters who never made it onto the screen at all, and others who died in the show but still live in the books,” Martin wrote. “So if nothing else, the readers will learn what happened to Jeyne Poole, Lady Stoneheart, Penny and her pig, Skahaz Shavepate, Arianne Martell, Darkstar, Victarion Greyjoy, Ser Garlan the Gallant, Aegon VI, and a myriad of other

Cannes Correspondences #7: The Wonder of Werner Herzog and Terrence Malick

The Notebook is covering Cannes with an on-going correspondence between critic Leonardo Goi and editor Daniel Kasman.Family Romance, LLC.Dear Leo,Believe it or not, the freshest film to premiere thus far at Cannes is by a 76-year-old. Werner Herzog’s prodigious output over the last decade, especially in the documentary field, may have produced a weariness or skepticism to new films from the New German Cinema master, but his second film to premiere in 2019, Family Romance, LLC., is something special indeed. Self-financed and shot by Herzog himself on location in Japan, it has the raw immediacy of gonzo adventure undertaken with minimal planning but maximum enthusiasm. Grabbing hold of a tantalizingly strange Japanese phenomenon brought to wider attention by a 2018 New Yorker article, Herzog seems to have bypassed or preempted the inevitable Hollywood adaptation of this story and flown directly to Japan to create something spontaneously and freely,

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‘Chernobyl’: Crafting a Wrenching, Devastating Episode that Somehow Found Room for Levity Too
‘Chernobyl’: Crafting a Wrenching, Devastating Episode that Somehow Found Room for Levity Too

[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for “Chernobyl” Episode 3, “Open Wide, O Earth.”]

“Chernobyl” is a show about the unpredictability of nature and the severity of ignoring the raw power of an unseen enemy. But with the overwhelming toll that this historical event takes on those caught in its grasp, the HBO series still finds room for some unexpected, conflicting emotions.

“There’s an absurdity that you have to kind of recognize. And the Soviets were better at it than anybody,” writer and creator Craig Mazin told IndieWire. “At some point, you just have this weird sixth sense as a writer that maybe it’s time for a break, that if I put one more log of sadness on this fire, everyone’s just going to get up and go home.”

Chernobyl” director Johan Renck said that he bristled at the thought of people laughing at different points of levity in the series, but recognized that given

Cannes Correspondences #6: Teenage Martyrs and Lighthouse Keepers

The Notebook is covering Cannes with an on-going correspondence between critic Leonardo Goi and editor Daniel Kasman.JeanneDear Danny,The day I first met Bruno Dumont, a blistering hot August afternoon in a hotel perched atop the hills of Locarno, was also the day before production for his latest film, Jeanne (Joan of Arc), was due to kick off. A sequel to his 2017 Jeannette, a musical period-piece on the childhood of Joan of Arc which had world premiered in Cannes and had continued its festival tour with a bow in the Swiss Alps, Jeanne had big shoes to fill. Scored by French electro-musician Igorrr and choreographed by Philippe Decouflé, Jeannette dwelled into the formative years of the 15th century French martyr through the most unlikely—and original—rubric imaginable: heavy metal music. For a heroine incessantly dissected and celebrated by decades of cinema history (from Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1928 The Passion of Joan of Arc

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Filmmaker Bong Joon-ho Says He Turned Down ‘World War Z’ & Talks “Conflict” With Harvey Weinstein Over ‘Snowpiercer’

Like many international filmmakers, South Korea’s Bong Joon-ho has flirted with the American film industry a number of times. While he has yet to sign on for some sort of big-budget tentpole superhero film, the filmmaker has earned a sizeable following outside of his home country, thanks to his strong filmography. And according to Bong, he’s definitely had the chance to tackle something much bigger outside of South Korea, if he was willing to.

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’: Finessing the Daring ‘If Memory Serves’ Callback to the Original
‘Star Trek: Discovery’: Finessing the Daring ‘If Memory Serves’ Callback to the Original

Season 2 of “Star Trek: Discovery” ambitiously played with the franchise’s multiverse through a series of dramatic interactions between the crews of the Discovery and Enterprise as they solved the mystery of The Red Angel threat from the future. And the centerpiece was the re-appearance of Anson Mount as original Enterprise captain Christopher Pike and Ethan Peck as a troubled young Spock dealing with his Vulcan/human identity crisis.

The highlight, though, was the surprising callback to the original series pilot, “The Cage,” in the form of a recap to the opening of the episode “If Memory Serves,” a semi-sequel in which they returned to Talos IV to heal fugitive Spock from his memory block. However, utilizing footage from the original series (Tos) provided additional editorial and visual effects challenges.

After editor Scott Gamzon cut the episode, he was approached by executive producer-director Olatunde Osunsanmi about utilizing Tos footage for

Georgia Governor Scoffs At “C-List Celebrities” Threatening To Boycott The State Due To Controversial Abortion Law

If you’re someone who pays attention to Us politics, then you’re likely to already be aware of the controversial “heartbeat” bill that is making its way through Georgia legislation. The anti-choice bill would deem it a criminal offense to receive an abortion as early as six weeks after conception. Many experts say that this would account for almost every abortion scenario. As you might imagine, any new law or restriction surrounding women’s reproductive rights tends to ignite a fiery debate.

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‘Katie Says Goodbye’ Trailer: Olivia Cooke and Christopher Abbott Star in Unsettling Drama
‘Katie Says Goodbye’ Trailer: Olivia Cooke and Christopher Abbott Star in Unsettling Drama

Since her memorable breakout role in “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” rocked Sundance in 2015, British actress Olivia Cooke has filled her resume with a bevy of highbrow and intriguing projects. In 2017, she returned to Sundance in Cry Finley’s “Thoroughbreds,” where she was electric as a troubled Connecticut rich girl with an axe to grind. She also landed a plum role in Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One,” and thrilled critics with her portrayal of ambitious and scheming Becky Sharp in the latest TV mini-series of William Makepeace Thackeray’s “Vanity Fair.”

Now, she takes on another mature and intense role in Wayne Roberts’ feature directorial debut, “Katie Says Goodbye.” The film follows a small town waitress who is mistreated by nearly everyone in her life — from her abusive mother (a terrifying Mireille Enos) to a seemingly never-ending string of men who pay her for sexual acts — but

‘Game Of Thrones’ Series Finale Scored All-Time Best Viewership For HBO, Beating 17-Year-Old ‘Sopranos’ Record

It was already a foregone conclusion that last night’s “Game of Thrones” series finale would be the most-watched episode of the year. Each episode leading up to the finale had earned HBO record viewership, and last night was no exception. However, instead of breaking its own viewership records, ‘Thrones’ set an all-time HBO record, dethroning “The Sopranos.”

Read More: ‘Game Of Thrones’ Series Finale: The Game Comes To An Unsatisfying End In ‘The Iron Throne’ [Recap]

Today, HBO announced that 19.4 million people tuned into the series finale of “Game of Thrones” last night, including those who watched on the network, as well as the HBO Go and HBO Now streaming platforms.

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‘Young Ahmed’: Jean-Pierre And Luc Dardenne Deliver A Gripping Look At Religious Fundamentalism [Cannes Review]

The style of filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne has shifted over the years, moving further away from the shattering realism that earned them Palme d’Ors for “Rosetta” and “The Child.” Fourteen years after the latter win, and in the running for their third Palme at the Cannes Film Festival, the Dardenne brothers turn their camera toward the world of Islamic fundamentalism with “Young Ahmed,” a compact, gripping return to the directors’ nonprofessional roots.

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McG Has James Cameron’s Blessing & Is Developing A ‘True Lies’ Series For Disney+

McG is a filmmaker that gained a lot of notoriety in the first part of the 21st century, with his “Charlie’s Angels” films and his “Terminator: Salvation” reboot-quel. Though the latter might not be seen as a shining moment in his career. However, in recent years, the director has found himself finding new success in the realm of streaming, with two Netflix films (“The Babysitter” and the upcoming “Rim of the World”).

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‘The Other Two’: Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider Make Family Heartfelt and Hilarious

To hear Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider interact, you’d think they were related. After watching the former “Saturday Night Live” co-head writers’ Comedy Central series “The Other Two,” you’d be convinced the pair were brother and sister. But the truth is that Kelly and Schneider are just that sympatico, all thanks to their friendship forged in the fires of the “SNL” writers room back in 2011.

Their series, featuring two twenty-something siblings Cary and Brooke (brilliantly realized by Drew Carver and Heléne Yorke) floundering in their attempts to secure successful adulthood — only to be surpassed by their 13-year-old younger brother Chase’s (Case Walker) sudden YouTube fame — tells such a hilarious, if specific, story that it seems inevitable to assume that the story is ripped from the headlines of Kelly and Schneider’s lives.

And you wouldn’t be all wrong. “Usually it’s a story we’ve told 30,000 times because we like it,

‘Black Mirror’ Creators Tease Musical Episode, But Won’t Confirm It For Season 5
‘Black Mirror’ Creators Tease Musical Episode, But Won’t Confirm It For Season 5

Black Mirror” creators Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones have a busy summer coming up thanks to the Emmy campaign for the franchise’s interactive movie “Bandersnatch” and the June debut of the Netflix anthology series’ fifth season. Brooker and Jones recently joined Deadline for a conversation about “Bandersnatch” but couldn’t help but tease that a musical episode of the sci-fi series could be in the cards at a later date.

When the Deadline reporter Joe Utichi could not remember whether or not “Black Mirror” had already done a musical episode, Brooker responded, “No, but I’m delighted to know that you nearly think we might have done one. There’s room for everything. Sometimes that’s how we come up with ideas — we sort of go, ‘What would be the ‘Black Mirror’ version of a musical episode?’ And that prompts a conversation that sometimes ends up with something very different.

‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’ Trailer: Milo Ventimiglia Loves His Dog, and Amanda Seyfried

Get ready to add one more title to the ever-growing list of talking dog movies. 20th Century Fox has released the official trailer and teaser poster for Fox 2000’s upcoming “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” which is being billed as “a heartfelt tale narrated by a witty and philosophical dog.” The dog happens to be voiced by none other than Kevin Costner, and his human family includes the buzzy duo of Milo Ventimiglia and Amanda Seyfried. The tagline? “Meet the dog who showed the world how to be a human.” If that doesn’t pique your interest, maybe you’re not…human?

The official synopsis reads: “Based on the best-selling novel by Garth Stein, ‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’ is a heartfelt tale narrated by a witty and philosophical dog named Enzo (Costner). Through his bond with his owner, Denny Swift (Milo Ventimiglia), an aspiring Formula One race car driver,

‘Frankie’ Review: Isabelle Huppert Delivers Her Most Vulnerable Performance Ever
‘Frankie’ Review: Isabelle Huppert Delivers Her Most Vulnerable Performance Ever

Frankie,” by the American writer-director Ira Sachs, is a tiny little trinket of a film. It’s like an elegant bracelet that’s modest enough to go unnoticed, but nevertheless reveals a quietly exquisite beauty to those who are willing to lean in and look closer (even if they have to squint). In other words, it’s an Ira Sachs movie, only more so. But in this one, that bracelet is being worn by Isabelle Huppert, and it fits on her wrist like a second skin.

Sachs has always been a storyteller who doesn’t create his characters so much as he observes them from a safe but intimate distance — watching them the way you might catch yourself staring at a stranger on a crowded subway train — and his recent movies have earned him a reputation for making gentle human dramas that seem more like snapshots than full-sized portraits; even

Ifp Announces 2019 Documentary Lab Fellows and Projects

Ifp, Filmmaker‘s parent organization, has announced the 10 feature documentaries in post-production that will take part in its 2019 Documentary Lab, which begins today at the Ifp’s Made in New York Media Center. They include films about Central American mothers searching for sons and daughters who vanished en route to the U.S., a man struggling to recover his life after being wrongfully imprisoned, and a group taking part in a year-long experiment simulating life on Mars. Commented Ifp Executive Director Jeffrey Sharp, “The Ifp Filmmaker Labs have a history of singling out unique voices and diverse approaches to storytelling from […]

Ifp Announces 2019 Documentary Lab Fellows and Projects

Ifp, Filmmaker‘s parent organization, has announced the 10 feature documentaries in post-production that will take part in its 2019 Documentary Lab, which begins today at the Ifp’s Made in New York Media Center. They include films about Central American mothers searching for sons and daughters who vanished en route to the U.S., a man struggling to recover his life after being wrongfully imprisoned, and a group taking part in a year-long experiment simulating life on Mars. Commented Ifp Executive Director Jeffrey Sharp, “The Ifp Filmmaker Labs have a history of singling out unique voices and diverse approaches to storytelling from […]

‘Diego Maradona’: Oscar Winner Asif Kapadia Returns With A Must-See Doc For Sports Fans [Cannes Review]

Infamous footballer Diego Maradona has a history with the Cannes Film Festival, which previously hosted “Maradona by Kusturica” in 2008. This time, however, the sports icon is the subject of a new documentary from Oscar-winning British helmer Asif Kapadia (“Amy“). It’s pointed that “Diego Maradona”—premiering out of competition at Cannes in advance of its HBO debut—includes both the first and last name of its subject in the title.

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‘The Art Of Racing In The Rain’ Trailer: Kevin Costner Voices A Dog In This New Feel-Good Family Film

The Art of Racing in the Rain” is a film about love, friendship, and racing. Sure, you could say that. But all you really care about is the fact that the film features Kevin Costner, an Oscar-winning filmmaker and acclaimed actor, voicing a dog. A cute dog, but a dog, nonetheless.

In the first trailer for “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” you meet the lovable and cute Enzo, a young puppy that is picked out at a breeder by a race car driver.

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‘Young Ahmed’ Review: Dardenne Brothers Deliver a Suspenseful Terrorist Coming-of-Age Tale

Belgian directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne excel at showing how the struggles of the underprivileged can lead them down morally questionable paths, but when “Young Ahmed” begins, that journey has started long ago. As 13-year-old Ahmed (Idir Ben Addi in a breakout turn) spends his days studying radical Islam with Imam Youssouf (Othmane Moumen), much to the consternation of his frantic mother Louise (Claire Bodson), the child has already committed himself to jihad. Within the first act of the movie, he has sworn himself to murdering his secular teacher Ines (Miriam Akheddiou), and the reckless act lands him in juvenile detention. The rest of the movie finds the kid struggling with his confused ideology, as various characters attempt to sway his beliefs.

In the pantheon of Dardenne brothers movies from the past three decades, “Young Ahmed” lies somewhere on the spectrum ahead of mediocre works like “The Unknown Girl” but

‘Game of Thrones’ Finale Burning Questions: Spinoff Teases, Familiar Faces, and More
‘Game of Thrones’ Finale Burning Questions: Spinoff Teases, Familiar Faces, and More

[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Game of Thrones” Season 8, Episode 6, “The Iron Throne.”]

The “Game of Thrones” finale has aired, and now our watch has ended… until the documentary, prequel series, and sequels, anyway. The long-awaited series ender wrapped up about a decade’s worth of work and countless hours cross-referencing Reddit for theories and clues. In the end, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss did see fit to answer two of the biggest questions looming over the final season.

The first — Who will kill Daenerys Targareyn (Emilia Clarke)? — only became a concern after she went full Mad Queen and destroyed King’s Landing. And despite everyone having a strong motives or nifty assassin skills to do the job, in the end, the task would always belong to Jon Snow (Kit Harington) since he’s the face of duty on the show.

As for the series-long question of who will sit on the Iron Throne,

Rian Johnson Predicted Weeks Ago How That ‘Thrones’ Series Finale Death Would Go Down
Rian Johnson Predicted Weeks Ago How That ‘Thrones’ Series Finale Death Would Go Down

[Editor’s note: The following post contains spoilers about the “Game of Throne” series finale, “The Iron Throne.”]

Hours after “Game of Thrones” aired the second episode of its final season, entitled “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms,” “Looper” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” director Rian Johnson took to Twitter to share a thought with his nearly one million followers. “I have that ‘Game Of Thrones’ disease where whenever two people hug I’m bracing myself for stabbing,” Johnson said. “If you hug me [in real life] I’ll be tracking those hands, bucko.”

Little did Johnson know at the time he was predicting how one of the show’s most shocking and game-changing deaths would play out. In the “Thrones” series finale, “The Iron Throne,” Jon Snow (Kit Harington) murders Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) by stabbing her after she pulls him in for a kiss. Jon had come to fear Daenerys as a tyrannical ruler, one who would’ve possibly murdered him for being the true heir to the throne and his sister,

Cannes 2019 Dispatch 3: Little Joe, Liberté

Austrian filmmaker Jessica Hausner made her English language debut with the UK-set project, Little Joe, taking up science fiction for the first time in her career after previously exploring horror and the period drama in Hotel (2004) and Amour fou (2014), respectively. In the film, Alice (Emily Beecham) works at a corporate biotechnology lab with a team of scientists who aim to develop new breeds of flowers that can, with their oxytocin-rich pollen, elevate people’s happiness, friendliness, and sex life—an evocative and typically rich concept for Hausner that still manages to be supplemental to her exquisitely detailed and precise mise […]