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Genre, Indie and Blockbuster Directors Jostle for Awards Attention

Genre, Indie and Blockbuster Directors Jostle for Awards Attention
From Paul Thomas Anderson to Guillermo del Toro to Patty Jenkins, a wide variety of directors across genres are vying for attention this awards season.

Paul Thomas Anderson

“The Phantom Thread

Not a frame of Anderson’s latest has yet been seen by the public, nor is much known about it, but he’s the rare filmmaker whose name alone can stoke anticipation. The fact that this 1950s-set film about the fashion world also stars Daniel Day-Lewis, who plans to retire from acting, only piques interest further.

Darren Aronofsky

Mother!”

Easily the most divisive studio film of 2017, and presumably intentionally so, Aronofsky’s “Mother!” could curry favor among his fellow directors for the sheer boldness of his vision, as he and star Jennifer Lawrence ascend ever-escalating levels of madness.

Sean Baker

The Florida Project

An indie darling du jour thanks to his sleeper “Tangerine,” Baker returned with yet another warm, sly-humored study of
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‘All I See Is You’ Review: Blake Lively Shines In a Silly But Surprisingly Good Erotic Melodrama

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‘All I See Is You’ Review: Blake Lively Shines In a Silly But Surprisingly Good Erotic Melodrama
Why do James (Jason Clarke) and his visually impaired wife Gina (Blake Lively) live in Bangkok? It’s a question that hangs over “All I See Is You,” begging to be asked. We know that James does insurance work somewhere in the Thai capital, but the way he brings it up in conversation makes it sound like an alibi. Usually film characters take jobs in far-flung destinations towards the end of the story, not before it starts. In truth the answer couldn’t be more obvious; it’s there the whole time, right in front of our faces, visible to everyone but Gina. Or maybe she sees it too, and — like us — simply doesn’t want to accept the fact that her doting husband moved her to a foreign city because of her debilitating blindness, and not in spite of it.

It can be nice to feel needed, but there
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Lupita Nyong'o Details 'Bully' Harvey Weinstein's Advances in New Op-Ed

Lupita Nyong'o Details 'Bully' Harvey Weinstein's Advances in New Op-Ed
Update: Harvey Weinstein issued a statement Friday denying Lupita Nyong'o's account of her encounter with the producer. “Mr. Weinstein has a different recollection of the events, but believes Lupita is a brilliant actress and a major force for the industry. Last year, she sent a personal invitation to Mr. Weinstein to see her in her Broadway show Eclipsed," Weinstein's rep told Entertainment Weekly.

Lupita Nyong'o adds her name to a growing number of actresses (including Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Rose McGowan and Cara Delevingne) who are detailing their experiences of alleged sexual assault,
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Lupita Nyong’o Says Harvey Weinstein Asked Her for a Massage While His Children Were Home

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Lupita Nyong’o Says Harvey Weinstein Asked Her for a Massage While His Children Were Home
Lupita Nyong’o is the latest actress to accuse Harvey Weinstein of pattern of sexual harassment.

In an emotional op-ed published in The New York Times Thursday, the Oscar-winning actress details a series of alleged uncomfortable encounters with the disgraced mogul dating back to her days at the Yale School of Drama.

In a statement to People, a spokesperson for Weinstein said the movie mogul remembered these encounters: “Mr. Weinstein has a different recollection of the events, but believes Lupita is a brilliant actress and a major force for the industry. Last year, she sent a personal invitation to Mr.
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Lupita Nyong’o Details Harvey Weinstein’s Advances Toward Her in Op-Ed: ‘I Felt Unsafe’

Lupita Nyong’o Details Harvey Weinstein’s Advances Toward Her in Op-Ed: ‘I Felt Unsafe’
Lupita Nyong’o has come forward about her encounters with Harvey Weinstein in an op-ed in the New York Times, writing that not only did Weinstein attempt to ply her with alcohol when she met with him at a restaurant, but after they moved the meeting to his home to watch a film screening, tried to give her a massage. At a later meeting, the Oscar-winning actress wrote Weinstein propositioned her in a hotel restaurant.

According to Nyong’o, she met with Weinstein for the second time — after having initially met him in 2011 at an awards ceremony in Berlin while she was still in school at Yale — when he asked her to attend a screening at his home after sharing lunch at a restaurant. When she arrived at the restaurant in Westport, Conn., where Weinstein lived, Nyong’o described Weinstein ordering her a vodka soda and insisting that she drink it.

Harvey told me
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‘Marshall’ Origin Myth Leads Weak Biopics at Specialty Box Office

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‘Marshall’ Origin Myth Leads Weak Biopics at Specialty Box Office
Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected),” which debuted in competition in Cannes and scored fresh acclaim at the New York Film Festival, is a day-and-date Netflix release, so no numbers are reported. It’s likely that the family comedy starring Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller and Dustin Hoffman, who all did substantial press, played well enough at high-end theaters in New York and L.A. to take a bite out of its competitors.

Despite the lack of reported numbers, a glance at the pre-buy seating chart for the Landmark theater in West Los Angeles for Sunday shows in a theater with over 100 seats that are close to sellouts hours ahead of time suggests a weekend total that might be roughly $20,000 (roughly).That’s impressive for a film that any Netflix subscriber can see at home.

Other openers continued the string of movies about real people that are dominating the specialized release schedule.
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The Best Child Performances in Movie History — IndieWire Critics Survey

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The Best Child Performances in Movie History — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In honor of “The Florida Project,” which has just started its platform release across the country, what is the greatest child performance in a film?

Jordan Hoffman (@JHoffman), The Guardian, Vanity Fair

I can agonize over this question or I can go at this Malcolm Gladwell “Blink”-style. My answer is Tatum O’Neal in “Paper Moon.” She’s just so funny and tough, which of course makes the performance all the more heartbreaking. She won the freaking Oscar at age 10 for this and I’d really love to give a more deep cut response, but why screw around? Paper Moon is a perfect film and she is the lynchpin.
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All I See Is You Trailer is Rather Unsettling

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A trailer and poster for the new Marc Forster (World War Z, Finding Neverland) film All I See Is You has been released and we’re very, very intrigued by this one. While I’ll fully admit that it’s not horror, there’s… Continue Reading →

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‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ Review: Dir: Simon Curtis (2017)

Goodbye Christopher Robin review: Simon Curtis directs this exceptionally well-executed drama led by Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie.

Goodbye Christopher Robin review by Luke Ryan Baldock.

Goodbye Christopher Robin review

There’s are strange subsets of genres within the movie industry, one of them being the biopic of British authors. We’ve had Finding Neverland, Becoming Jane, and Miss Potter. Such tales always have an uphill climb, as they need to blur facts and intertwine the moments for which they are famous. They can also be highly enlightening (if all the information presented can be trusted), or at least a fascinating examination of fame. Goodbye Christopher Robin works on all accounts, offering a beautiful emotional insight into the world behind a classic character, while also being surprisingly relevant to the world of fame today.

A warning should probably precede Simon Curtis’ third cinematic true story adaptation. A warning that if
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The Good Doctor Series Premiere: How Did It Fare?

Not too long ago, he was young Norman Bates in Bates Motel, but he wasn’t always so dark. We’ve seen him as Charlie in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, musical genius August in August Rush, and one of the Davies’ kids in Finding Neverland. Whatever role he plays, Freddie Highmore is sure to excel. There’s truly no role that’s too difficult or challenging for the young actor, and he’s proven that statement to be true yet again with the premiere of The Good Doctor on September 25. Based on a South Korean TV show of the same name, The Good

The Good Doctor Series Premiere: How Did It Fare?
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‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ Review: This Biopic About Winnie the Pooh’s Creator Is Totally Run of the Milne

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‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ Review: This Biopic About Winnie the Pooh’s Creator Is Totally Run of the Milne
Once upon a time we used to tell stories; now we just tell stories about how we used to tell stories. At least, that’s how it feels to watch a consistently milquetoast, comfortably middlebrow bit of true-life fluff like “Goodbye Christopher Robin,” which does for Winnie the Pooh what “Finding Neverland” did for Peter Pan (which is to say that it takes a formative and utterly unique work of literature and reverse engineers it into a passable biopic that has no hope of changing the world or anyone in it).

It’s a shame, because A.A. Milne’s personal and professional lives are both fertile dramatic territory, and the film’s script — by Frank Cottrell Boyce and Simon Vaughan — makes sure to point out all of the interesting movies that could have been mined from this material as they pass by and fade out of sight. Instead, we’re
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Film Review: ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’

Film Review: ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’
There was no such thing as a “Pooh” until A.A. Milne made it so, although walking, talking teddy bear Winnie’s companion, Christopher Robin, wasn’t just some character the English novelist invented, but a boy based on Milne’s own son, who grew up to resent how the success of “Winnie-the-Pooh” wrecked his childhood. That’s just one of the behind-the-scenes revelations the predictably handsome, predictably stuffy literary biopic “Goodbye Christopher Robin” has in store for those who adore Milne’s novels — consistently voted among the most popular kidlit creations of all time — but who haven’t necessarily heard how they came to be.

Milne wouldn’t be the first teller of children’s stories to be something of a brute when it came to dealing with the little nippers in person (“Alice” creator Charles Dodgson also comes to mind), although the movie doesn’t feel unreasonably tough in the way it holds Milne accountable for
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Trailer Watch: Blake Lively Regains Her Vision in “All I See Is You”

All I See Is You

Blake Lively plays a woman who regains her vision and gets a new perspective on her relationship in “All I See Is You.” A trailer for the Marc Forster (“World War Z,” “Finding Neverland”) drama has dropped. “Does it ever bother you having to take care of me?” Gina (Lively, “The Shallows”) asks her husband James (Jason Clarke, “Zero Dark Thirty”) in the spot. “No. It makes me feel special,” he says.

Gina survived the nearly fatal childhood car crash that killed her parents and left her blind. She “depends on James to be her eyes — a dependence that appears to solidify their passionate relationship,” the film’s official synopsis details. The pair live in Bangkok, Thailand and “it seems the only real hardship this loving couple faces is difficulty conceiving a child.”

Their marriage takes a sudden turn when a corneal transplant restores Gina’s vision. Suddenly, James doesn’t feel so “special” anymore. Gina is dramatically more independent, and he’s left desperately trying to claim control over her, questioning who she’s talking to and judging the clothes she wears. “I just felt like I knew everything and now I don’t,” Gina says.

Lively’s upcoming projects include “The Rhythm Section,” a spy thriller directed by Reed Morano, and “Bruised,” an action-drama about an Mma fighter.

All I See Is You” made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2016 and hits theaters October 27.

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Christopher Robin Casts Winnie the Pooh and His Hundred Acre Wood Pals

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Disney is moving right along with more and more live-action versions of their most beloved animated properties. One of the next ones coming down the pipeline is Christopher Robin, which is going to be a live-action version of Winnie the Pooh with an adult version of the loveable bear's human pal rediscovering his animal friends years later. The adult cast already includes Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting) as Robin, with Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter) recently signing on to play his wife. Now, the voice cast for the animals of the One Hundred Acre Wood has been announced.

According to a new report from That Hashtag Show, Jim Cummings, who has voiced Winnie the Pooh in many animated projects over the years, is once again set to reprise the role in Christopher Robin. That should come as welcome news to fans of the character. In addition, the depressed but loveable donkey Eeyore is
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Paris Jackson Is a ‘Happy Camper’ on Day Out at Disneyland With Friends: Pics!

Paris Jackson Is a ‘Happy Camper’ on Day Out at Disneyland With Friends: Pics!
Finding Neverland! Paris Jackson had a fun day out with friends on Sunday, visiting Disneyland in Anaheim, California.

More: Paris Jackson Gets Candid on Embracing Her Scars, Stretch Marks, Acne and Cellulite: 'I'm Human'

The 19-year-old model and actress went casual for the outing in a white tank top and turquoise Hawaiian-printed shorts.

“My aliens,” Jackson captioned a shot of herself on Instagram with her arms around two of her friends.

She wore a pair of Mickey Mouse ears with the iconic cartoon character’s Fantasia hat.

Jackson seemed to be loving her day out, sharing another shot of herself, writing, “Happy camper.”

She also shared a photo of Cinderella’s castle at night, writing, “Magic.”

Watch: Macaulay Culkin Gets Matching Tattoos With Goddaughter Paris Jackson: See the Pics

Jackson recently got matching tattoos with her godfather, Macaulay Culkin. To see their new ink, watch the clip below!
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Why David Mackenzie is the perfect choice to direct Bond 25

Tom Jolliffe wants to see David Mackenzie directing Bond 25

The latest James Bond instalment has had a degree of uncertainty around it since Spectre hit cinemas two years ago. The target seems to be 2019, and only until recently it seems that momentum is building. In part it seems that Daniel Craig will be tied down to another. Spectre underwhelmed and Craig put in a somewhat tired performance. Speculation has been rife over his impending replacement. In any case, he’s looking like he’ll don the suit again and they can get down to the nitty gritty of picking a director.

If we believe what we’ve read recently, there’s a three man short-list (personally I think, not before long, it’d be interesting to have a female director and I’m looking at Kathryn Bigelow). The shortlist consists of Denis Villeneuve, Yann Demange and David Mackenzie. All excellent choices.
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Katie Holmes’ Daughter Suri Cruise Hams It Up in Sweet Family Photo

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Katie Holmes’ Daughter Suri Cruise Hams It Up in Sweet Family Photo
Katie Holmes’ large family gathered for a fun birthday celebration over the weekend, with the actress sending sweet wishes to her sister and documenting the reunion on Instagram.

“Happy Birthday to my beautiful, courageous, fun, funny, amazing sister!!!!!!! We love uuuuuuuuuu!!!!!!!” the star – who is one of four siblings – wrote on social media.

In the black and white photo, Holmes was all smiles as she stood on the far right of the large crew. Her 11-year-old daughter Suri hammed it up with another young partygoer, looking adorable in a white bow and blouse.

Though Holmes mostly keeps her life out of the spotlight,
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Kelsey Grammer To Lead London Production Of ‘Big Fish: The Musical’

Actor Kelsey Grammer is to lead the cast of a new West End production of Big Fish: The Musical. Based on the novel Big Fish by Daniel Wallace and the Columbia Pictures film screenplay by John August, this new production will be the London premiere of the musical and also marks Kelsey’s first time on the London stage.

Directed by Nigel Harman, Big Fish: The Musical will play at The Other Palace from Wednesday 1 November 2017 – Sunday 31 December 2017. Tickets go on sale on 31st July 2017.

The Other Palace opened in February 2017 as a home for musical theatre. Discovering, developing and reimagining musicals is at the heart of what The Other Palace is about. The spaces are used to nurture the next generation of musicals, and the creatives behind them; celebrating the very best of the art form, from the established to the brand new.

Kelsey Grammer played the role of Dr.
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Transatlantyk Festival honours Lucrecia Martel, Edward Norton

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Transatlantyk Festival honours Lucrecia Martel, Edward Norton
Argentinian filmmaker and Us actor honoured in Poland.

Argentinian filmmaker Lucrecia Martel and Us actor Edward Norton were the guests of honour at the seventh edition of the Transatlantyk Festival which comes to a close in the Polish city of Lodz on Friday evening (July 21).

Martel became the second woman director - after Germany’s Margarethe von Trotta - and the 11th filmmaker overall, to be awarded the Fipresci 90+ statuette in celebration of the International Federation of Film Critics’ ten decades of activities.

Fipresci general secretary Klaus Eder travelled to Lodz to present the award along with Transatlantyk’s director Jan A.P. Kaczmarek to Martel at a gala ceremony last night (Thursday) before a screening of her 2008 film The Headless Woman.

Previous recipients include Jean-Jacques Annaud, Edgar Reitz, Bela Tarr and the late Andrzej Wajda, while the choice of Martel this year was particularly fitting since the Polish festival had the Power of Woman as an overlying
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Transatlantyk Festival honours Lucretia Martel, Edward Norton

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Transatlantyk Festival honours Lucretia Martel, Edward Norton
Argentinean filmmaker and Us actor honoured in Poland.

Argentinean filmmaker Lucrecia Martel and Us actor Edward Norton were the guests of honour at the seventh edition of the Transatlantyk Festival which comes to a close in the Polish city of Lodz on Friday evening (July 21).

Martel became the second woman director - after Germany’s Margarethe von Trotta - and the 11th filmmaker overall, to be awarded the Fipresci 90+ statuette in celebration of the International Federation of Film Critics’ ten decades of activities.

Fipresci general secretary Klaus Eder travelled to Lodz to present the award along with Transatlantyk’s director Jan A.P. Kaczmarek to Martel at a gala ceremony last night (Thursday) before a screening of her 2008 film The Headless Woman.

Previous recipients include Jean-Jacques Annaud, Edgar Reitz, Bela Tarr and the late Andrzej Wajda, while the choice of Martel this year was particularly fitting since the Polish festival had the Power of Woman as an overlying
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