Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.NEWSEdith Scob by Christophe BeauregardThe prolific actress Édith Scob, a frequent collaborator of George Franju and Raúl Ruiz, has passed away. Scob first gained widespread attention for her role as the masked and disfigured daughter in Franju's 1960 Eyes Without a Face, to which she would later pay tribute in Leos Carax's Holy Motors.Guan Hu's war epic The Eight Hundred has been pulled from Chinese theatres and the Shanghai Film Festival, joining Zhang Yimou's One Second as yet another title affected by increasingly strict Chinese film censors. Recommended Viewingh. Paul Moon analyzes every appearance of Walt Whitman in cinema and television, from Intolerance to Breaking Bad, on the occasion of the poet's 200th birthday. Recommended READINGKenneth Anger's Scorpio Rising.“When you do find a version of yourself, or many, a tectonic change occurs.
A creative re-imagining of Denmark’s most famous royalty yarn, “Ophelia” does more than just provide new insight into “Hamlet,” it also contextualizes the 400+ year-old play via characters that seem more alive now than ever before. An origin story of sorts, “Ophelia” delves into the eponymous character’s childhood and adolescence at court, using elements from Shakespeare’s play along with a creative reevaluation of the young woman as an active agent of change within the narrative.
Kevin Smith knows some people think his movies “went to shit” over the last decade. The writer-director was one of the success stories of the 1990s American indie film boom thanks to his debut “Clerks” and follow-up efforts “Mallrats,” “Chasing Amy,” and “Dogma.” As of late, Smith has been more of a critical punching bag than a pioneering indie filmmaker. The director’s last release, “Yoga Hosers,” was widely panned by critics and bombed at the box office. And yet, Smith refuses to look at the glass half empty.
“People tell me the quality of my flicks went to shit when I got married and had a kid,” Smith recently told his critics on social media. “If so, it was a fair trade: whatever ailed me as a piss-&-vinegar 20-something was gone, replaced by joy and contentment. Great art comes from pain — so maybe happy people don’t make great art.
Director Jon Watts held on to big secrets for a very long time. Because his sequel “Spider-Man: Far From Home” must operate as a kind of coda to Anthony and Joe Russo’s “Avengers: Endgame,” Watts was one of the few people not directly involved with their film who knew its biggest spoilers: that the half of the population evaporated in the Thanos snap would be restored, including Spider-Man Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and that moments later, Iron Man Tony Stark would sacrifice himself for the good of the universe, and for Peter Parker in particular.
Keeping that under wraps was hard, but what came afterward was even harder. How do you make a movie about a kid dealing with loss without making it super sad?
“We had established this very sort of particular kind of fun, lighthearted tone in ‘Homecoming,
Georgia’s anti-choice legislation, dubbed the “heartbeat bill,” has caused quite a bit of controversy around the country, and especially in Hollywood. Considering there are billions of dollars worth of productions that happen yearly in the Peach State, actors, directors, and studios have voiced their disapproval of the new abortion bill and some have even vowed to never work in the state again if it goes into effect in January. One of those people is definitely not Clint Eastwood.
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Everyone knows Oscar voters love a dame. That’s Dame Helen Mirren to be precise, who stars alongside Sir Ian McKellen in the awards-friendly fall release “The Good Liar,” a tense romantic thriller from “Kinsey” director Bill Condon. The Oscar winner (Mirren) and two-time Oscar nominee (McKellen) play two people in a new courtship with deceptive underpinnings. Russell Tovey (“Looking”) and Jim Carter (“Downton Abbey”) round out a cast of heavy hitters that is sure to pique certain Oscar voters’ interest.
Per the official synopsis: “Career con artist Roy Courtnay (McKellen) can hardly believe his luck when he meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish (Mirren) online. As Betty opens her home and life to him, Roy is surprised to find himself caring about her, turning what should be a cut-and-dry swindle into the most treacherous tightrope walk of his life.”
Condon reunites with McKellen for a fourth time since directing him in “Gods and Monsters,
There are so many films that you watch and think, “how the hell did no one come up with this premise already?” Danny Boyle’s “Yesterday” is one of those films. The musical film has such a simple, yet effective, plot involving the music of one of the world’s best bands. It’s mindboggling that no one thought of it before. Well, funny enough, it appears that perhaps someone actually did come up with the idea way back in 2011.
Continue reading Author Of Book With The Same Title & Eerily Similar Premise To Danny Boyle’s ‘Yesterday’ Releases His Graphic Novel For Free Online at The Playlist.
The 2014 horror film “The Babadook” is often regarded as one of the best movies the genre has to offer from the last 5 years. And when it was released, people fell in love with the new horror figure that filmmaker Jennifer Kent introduced. However, over the last few years, the love of “The Babadook” has taken on a new meaning, as the Lgbtq community has adopted the film, and the monster, as a gay icon.
The Directors Guild of America has taken a dramatic stand to support theatrical releases via its awards-eligibility requirements. On June 22, the Directors Guild of America’s National Board unanimously approved a change to eligibility requirements for its top feature film award. According to a release, the decision was made “in recognition of the unique cultural importance of the theatrical experience to audiences and filmmakers alike.”
No more will day and date releases be eligible for the top DGA award, which will now honor “Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film.”
Under the new rule, which will apply to the upcoming 72nd DGA Awards cycle, films released through other distribution platforms on the same day and date as they premiere in theaters will no longer be eligible for the top DGA award. Films were previously required to have a seven-day theatrical release. Now they cannot have any other type of distribution during that run.
Well before he even stepped foot on the set of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” officially becoming Falcon for legions of Marvel fans, Anthony Mackie was a great actor with a ton of quality roles but had somehow stayed under the radar. But now, if the end of “Avengers: Endgame” is any indication, Mackie is the new Captain America. And in a recent interview with Men’s Health, it appears that the actor isn’t sure exactly what that means for the future.
The Directors Guild of America decided to make themselves the subject of a popular meme today. In a move nobody saw coming or thought was necessary, the DGA has decided to ban any film with a “day and date” release from qualifying for its top honor, the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film (formerly known as Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film). This would seemingly be a blow to streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Studios and Hulu, except it isn’t.
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The film, which focuses on a group of defiant ministers, congregations and community leaders in the Bible Belt who are challenging deeply rooted fundamentalist Christian doctrine in favor of a Gospel of Inclusion, made its world premiere in Telluride at the 2019 Mountain Film Festival in May.
Filmmakers Jeanine and Catherine Butler said, “Our goal when we set out to make this film was to hopefully spark new conversations around the issues that divide as friends, families and Americans.”
American Heretics is a Butlerfilms production in association with Contemporary Dialogues, produced and directed by Jeanine Butler & Catherine Butler. Abramorama will start the theatrical release on July 12 at New York’s Village East Cinema, followed by engagements in select cities across North America.
It is a boiling hot summer day in Vienna. On my way to the event space Halle E at centrally located MuseumsQuartier I can see some tourists cooling their feet in a fountain, others trying to cool off with little electric fans or ice cream. It is a sleeked, ostentatious, and very clean place. Whoever gets lost will find a thousand signs to lead the way, golden pigeon shit drips from the roofs of museums, nobody dares to touch someone else, and everybody hides behind huge sunglasses. It’s the first world, baby! Distress appears only when someone needs to find a toilet. As soon as it is found we feel better and we continue living, enjoying, and worrying about the future. The “Hotwolee” (Viennese for the upper class) decadently consumes anything with a heartbeat, culture is an endless repetition between Schiele and coffeehouses, someone sitting in Tirolerhof swallows half of his Kaiserschmarrn up,
The Oscar-winning animated feature “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” was certainly not short on featuring various versions of the Spider-Man character, from Miles Morales to Spider-Ham to Spider-Man Noir, but it turns out there was going to be at least one more Spider-Man in the film. Tom Holland, who stars as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, reveals to Joe that he was originally going to cameo in “Spider-Verse” as his McU superhero.
“At one point I was supposed to be in it,” Holland said. “There was going to be another Peter Parker [in addition to the one voiced by Jake Johnson]. There was like a scene in a train station or something, and it was going to be like an Easter egg. I was going to walk through the background or something, and say like ‘Hey, kid.’”
The Holland-Peter Parker cameo got to the planning stages but did not end up making it into the production schedule.
Film fans are an excitable bunch. So, it’s not surprising when they get all worked up over the idea of a new sequel to a beloved film when a director teases it’s arrival. But sometimes, the filmmaker in question is a bit too excited and makes things appear a bit more concrete than they actually are. That seems to be the case with Danny Boyle and the proposed threequel to “28 Days Later.”
Recently, Boyle spoke about the idea that he and writer Alex Garland had fleshed out an idea for a third film in the zombie horror franchise.
Continue reading Danny Boyle Warns That ’28 Days Later’ Sequel With Alex Garland Might Not Happen But “Never Say Never” at The Playlist.
“Anima,” the rapturous and spellbinding Paul Thomas Anderson “one-reeler” that Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke (and Netflix) have commissioned to help promote his new album of the same name, feels as essential as anything the “Phantom Thread” director has ever done. At least on first blush. It’s also, in its own beguiling way, the next logical step in what has become one of recent history’s most rewarding partnerships between a filmmaker and a group of musicians. This 15-minute short is nothing less than a dream come true.
Yorke — now four LPs deep into a twitchy and feral solo career that includes the score for Luca Guadagnino’s recent “Suspiria” remake — has long alternated between raging against the madness of the modern world, and surrendering to it in some kind of narcotic stupor. One song offers a snarling “fuck you” to the drone-like middle managers who turn their corporate offices
The battle to save Thra from the Skeksis is about to begin on “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” but a few more players have entered the fray. Netflix announced Wednesday that six more actors have joined the series as part of the voice cast: Lena Headey, Benedict Wong, Awkwafina, Sigourney Weaver, Hannah John-Kamen, and Dave Goelz. They join a slew of previously announced cast members, including Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Mark Hamill.
Netflix’s 10-part series is a prequel to the 1982 Jim Henson cult classic film, in which viewers were introduced to the world of Thra, where the malevolent Skeksis use the power of the magical Crystal of Truth to replenish themselves and enslave the gentle race known as the Gelfling. A young Gelfling named Jen is taken in by the kind wizards known as Mystics and must fulfill his destiny to overthrow the Skeksis.
On one level, the failure of “Fast Color” is a simple story: After its world premiere at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival, Julia Hart’s sci-fi drama received strong reviews but struggled to find distribution. In September 2018, Codeblack Films, the African American-focused arm of Lionsgate Entertainment, acquired the title — but in January, Lionsgate ended its Codeblack partnership. That meant cutting the film’s marketing budget, and “Fast Color” made just $76,916 in its April 19 limited release on 25 screens.
There’s also a deeper and more complex tale about why this film’s earnings potential went virtually untapped. As the movie quietly hit various digital platforms and DVD last week, this missed opportunity is worth a closer look.
The movie stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw as a woman named Ruth, who’s forced to go on the run when her superpowers are discovered. Years after she abandons her family, the only place she returns home.
We are only two months away from Netflix’s TV series based on the Jim Henson cult-classic film, “The Dark Crystal.” And as if fans of the film couldn’t be excited enough already, the streaming service announced another group of actors that are taking on voice roles in “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” and believe us, Netflix has pulled out all the stops.
If nothing else, Danny Boyle’s latest film “Yesterday” has one hell of an interesting premise: a regular guy with a middling music career (the very charming Himesh Patel) gets hit by a bus during a curious worldwide blackout, only to wake up from a brief coma to realize he’s the only person who remembers the songs of the Beatles. Soon enough, he’s sweeping the world with his special, and, to the world, novel, jams like “Yesterday” and “Hey Jude” and “I Saw Her Standing There,” among others.
Written by rom-com king Richard Curtis from a story by Jack Barth, the high-concept feature is beholden to its big idea, but it seems as if even the film’s best idea isn’t a particularly original one. In recent weeks, at least two authors have come out with their own, earlier projects that are built on similar premises, and
When Netflix says that the latest Adam Sandler film is viewed by 31 million accounts in three days, a piece of your heart dies. Sure, it makes sense that Sandler’s comedy is a hit, as many people tend to enjoy his work. But let’s be real, what he’s making is not award-winning art. So, that’s what makes Ava DuVernay’s recent tweet about the popularity of “When They See Us” so special.
Just yesterday, it was reported that Oscar-nominated filmmaker Steve McQueen was finally making the jump into the TV realm with his six-episode anthology series “Small Axe.” And as if that wasn’t exciting enough, now we know the first names that will be starring in the period drama.
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Filmed over one continuous 1977 day at Pride parades across San Francisco, Chicago, New York, San Diego and other metropolises, Arthur Bressan Jr.’s Gay USA is a tapestry of anecdotes, embraces, misconceptions and confused onlookers. It not only captures the optimism and palpable ecstasy of the Lgbt attendees of Pride ‘77, but uses the homophobic agenda of Anita Bryant in Dade County, Floridato provide political context as to why these happy men, women and non-binary folks galavanting along Castro Street and Greenwich Village still had very much at stake. Many of Bressan’s films outlined the political reality of being gay […]
There seem to be plenty of folks still out there defending the likes of Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and the other Hollywood figures that were subjects of #MeToo accusations. While the majority appear to support the idea that these men should be held accountable for their actions, there are others that have voiced their concerns that these allegations and stories are taking away from the work these people contributed to film and TV.
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According to reports, production has just started on the upcoming film “Last Night in Soho,” from writer-director Edgar Wright. And as is normally the case, when production begins, we learn the rest of the names that will fill out the cast.
With summer in full swing, we can already start to lay out which films will be ready to go for the upcoming fall film festival. That’s the time of year when the studios trot out their best contenders for hopes that the festival appearances will build buzz leading into the coveted awards season. And while we don’t know for certain, according to Noah Hawley, Fox Searchlight is likely going to include the upcoming “Lucy in the Sky” as one of those fall festival picks.
It’s been a little over a year since the passing of Oscar-winning filmmaker Milos Forman. And thanks to the people responsible for the upcoming documentary, “Forman vs. Forman,” we have a new film that is set to honor the legacy left by one of the most talented filmmakers the industry has ever seen.
In the new trailer for “Forman vs. Forman,” we see that the film utilizes the director’s own words to tell his story.
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Waiting for Ilm. That’s what Martin Scorsese is doing right now with “The Irishman.” And he’s not going to show some kind of work in progress, as he did with “Hugo” at the New York Film Festival in 2011, because he’s waiting for the complex, groundbreaking de-aging of characters played by Robert De Niro and Al Pacino to be just right, as the movie toggles back and forth between the older characters and their younger selves thirty years ago. Ilm is using the actors’ full filmographies as sources for how the men look at different ages. But this kind of wrinkle-and-jowl-tweaking can be painstaking at best.
So don’t expect “The Irishman” to turn up at Venice, Telluride, Toronto, or New York. It’s more likely to be ready to screen to critics and other groups some time after that. However, Netflix head of original films Scott Stuber
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday.
This week’s question: What is your favorite teen show of all time? Why?
Ben Travers (@BenTTravers), IndieWire
I presume like many others, my favorite teen show is heavily swayed by when I saw it — so while “Friday Night Lights” is inarguably a better series, my favorite is “The O.C.” While Ryan Atwood was fighting his way into Orange County’s good graces, I was wading through the awkward social structures of a small Midwestern high school, and despite the incredible disparity in wealth, each crush, dance, and trip around the ferris wheel rang all the truer. The setting made for impossibly high melodrama, as parents lost millions and teens took trips to Hollywood to do shots with Paris Hilton, but the smaller, intimate moments between friends resonated just as they were intended to: universally.
Over the last several years, actors Olivia Cooke and Lakeith Stanfield have cemented themselves as talents deserving of your movie and TV-watching time. But we have to admit, this latest news is really putting that love to the test.
According to Deadline, Cooke and Stanfield have agreed to star in the upcoming, untitled fairy tale film being developed for the streaming service Disney+. The details about the film are still being kept a secret, but the fairy tale is written by newcomer Cat Vasko and is set to be directed by Susan Johnson.
Amazon Studios has come onboard the upcoming BBC drama from “Widows” director Steve McQueen, according to Georgia Brown, Director of European Originals at the streaming platform, speaking at the House of Lords’ Communications Committee discussion on the future of public service broadcasting in the UK.
Although what specific territories the deal for the six-part series covers isn’t clear.
The drama, which will tell stories of the West Indian experience in the UK, will follow a group of friends and their families over a period of almost 50 years, from 1968 to 2014.
It will begin at the moment of Enoch Powell’s “Rivers of Blood” speech in 1968, when a small restaurant called The Mangrove opens in Ladbroke Grove, a place of camaraderie and friendship that becomes a social heart for the community — and, over time, a flashpoint for resistance.
Enoch Powell was an English right-winger who gave a hard-hitting speech attacking the
“Dark Phoenix” is already disappearing from movie theaters after a few weeks because of its dismal box office performance, but the debut of new concept art photos are revealing part of the movie fans never got to see. Much of the film’s behind-the-scenes troubles have been well documented, including a drastic overhaul of the film’s third act in reshoots, and the images released by concept artist Houston Sharp detail what would’ve been Sophie Turner’s appearance in the original ending.
Sharp has served as a concept artist on several major studio tentpoles over the last several years, including “Wonder Woman” and its upcoming sequel “Wonder Woman 1984,” “Tomb Raider,” “Rampage,” and Dwayne Johnson’s “Jungle Cruise.” For “Dark Phoenix,” Sharp and the creative team were planning for an ending where Turner’s Jean Grey resembled the fiery look of the character from the comic books. “Dark Phoenix
After his Oscar-winning work on the film “12 Years a Slave,” filmmaker Steve McQueen took five years to work on his next project, last year’s “Widows.” Luckily for film and TV fans, it would appear that the director is lining up his next work in short order, but you likely won’t be able to see it on the big screen.
According to Variety, McQueen is prepping work on the upcoming limited TV series “Small Axe.” And best of all, the series has already lined up distribution in North America and the UK thanks to a partnership between the BBC and Amazon.
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