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New to Streaming: Werner Herzog, ‘Amazing Grace,’ ‘True Stories,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options—not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves–each week we highlight the noteworthy titles that have recently hit platforms. Check out this week’s selections below and an archive of past round-ups here.

Amazing Grace (Sydney Pollack)

A time capsule that’s as fresh and powerful an experience as it must have been when recorded live in Watts in 1972, Amazing Grace is arguably one of the year’s most-anticipated films arriving after years of litigation and a fetal technical glitch that was resolved thanks to digital workflows. The film that exists, finished by producer Alan Elliot, bursts with intimacy and immediacy capturing a captivating and sublime performance by Aretha Franklin. In between the incredible artistry we discover and are introduced to several influences of Franklin’s including her father the minister and civil rights activist Cl Franklin who provides
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Courteney Cox Makes 55 Look Damn Good in This Poolside Bikini Video

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Courteney Cox celebrated her 55th birthday on June 15, but you would never guess it just by looking at her latest Instagram post. On Sunday, the actress blessed our feed with a video of herself enjoying a relaxing pool day, and wow, Courteney looks incredible! Clad in a black bikini, Courteney showed off her toned figure as she stepped out of a pool and sipped on a refreshing drink. "Oh so now I finally get what @missymisdemeanorelliott meant by put your thing down, flip it, and reverse it . . . only took me ten years," she captioned it, referencing Missy Elliott's "Work It," which plays in the background. Of course, we weren't the only ones in awe of Courteney's killer bod. Pals Kaley Cuoco, Jennifer Meyer, Busy Philipps, and Isla Fisher all commented with messages of support. "My god you look good!!!!!!!
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Nicole Kidman Gets Her First Dog Ever: 'Been Waiting My Whole Life for This!'

Nicole Kidman Gets Her First Dog Ever: 'Been Waiting My Whole Life for This!'
Nicole Kidman is officially a dog mom!

On Wednesday, Kidman, 52, revealed on Instagram that she got her first fur baby and she couldn’t be happier.

The Big Little Lies star shared a sweet photo of herself snuggling up to what appears to be a small red poodle.

“My first puppy,” Kidman captioned the shot, adding “Actually my first dog. Been waiting my whole life for this!
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New to Streaming: ‘Transit,’ ‘High Life,’ ‘Anima,’ ‘The Beach Bum’ & More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’re highlighting the noteworthy titles that have recently hit platforms. Check out this week’s selections below and an archive of past round-ups here.

20th Century Women (Mike Mills)

That emotional profundity most directors try to build to across an entire film? Mike Mills achieves it in every scene of 20th Century Women. There’s such a debilitating warmness to both the vibrant aesthetic and construction of its dynamic characters as Mills quickly soothes one into his story that you’re all the more caught off-guard as the flurry of emotional wallops are presented. Without ever hitting a tonal misstep, Mills’ latest feature takes place in a short period of time within relatively few locations, yet seems to pick up every wavelength of the human experience. There are also few funnier
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Adrian Politowski Exits Umedia To Form Align; La-Based Production & Finance Venture Has $150M Fund

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Exclusive: After 15 years as co-ceo of international production group Umedia, Adrian Politowski has stepped down to launch La-based production and finance outfit Align. The new company, co-founded by Umedia’s Nadia Khamlichi, intends to deploy $150M from now through 2022, focusing on three-five English-language projects per year across film and television, and with budgets in the $5M-$30M range. Align is backed by its officers as well as high-net-worth individuals out of Europe.

The company’s first project to launch, Blithe Spirit, began principal photography last week. A comedy, it’s directed by Downton Abbey’s Edward Hall and stars Leslie Mann, Dan Stevens, Isla Fisher and Judi Dench. Align is majority financing with additional equity secured by Fred Films.

Politowski tells me that after working with dozens of titles a year at Umedia, he “wanted to produce fewer films and be much more involved in them.” Khamlichi, with whom he co-founded Umedia,
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Leslie Mann Joins Cast of Play Adaptation Blithe Spirit

Leslie Mann has been added to star in the cast of the upcoming adaptation of the 1941 play by Noel Coward, Blithe Spirit. She joins the already impressive cast of Judi Dench, Isla Fisher, and Dan Stevens with Ed Hall directing from the script by Piers Ashworth.

Deadline reports the following synopsis for the film:

The new film re-imagines the Coward play, as a writer of bestselling crime novels invites an eccentric mystic to his home in hopes of curing a terrible case of writer’s block he encounters as he tries to finish his first screenplay. That block isn’t helped much when the mystic contacts the spirit of his first wife.

This sounds pretty interesting, and has a great cast, so I’ll be checking it out. Does this sound like a movie you’d be interested in?
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Judi Dench, Leslie Mann and Dan Stevens to lead cast in ‘Blithe Spirit’

Judi Dench, Leslie Mann and Dan Stevens are all set to lead the cast in an adaptation of Noel Coward’s play ‘Blithe Spirit’.

Directed by Edward Hall and written by Nick Moorcroft, Meg Leonard, Piers Ashworth, Isla Fisher (The Beach Bum, Confessions of a Shopaholic), Julian Rhind-Tut (Rush, Stardust), Emilia Fox, Dave Johns (I, Daniel Blake), James Fleet (Outlander, Four Weddings and a Funeral) all join Dench, Mann and Stevens on the reimaging of Coward’s classic comedy, about love that just won’t die…

The story follows Best-selling crime novelist Charles (Stevens), struggling with catastrophic writer’s block and a stressful deadline for his first screenplay. His picture-perfect second wife Ruth (Fisher) is doing her best to keep him focussed in the hope of fulfilling her dream of heading to Hollywood.

Charles’ desperate search for inspiration leads him to invite Madame Arcati (Dench), a medium recently exposed as a fraud,
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Harmony Korine’s 'The Beach Bum' lands UK and Ireland deal with Blue Finch (exclusive)

Harmony Korine’s 'The Beach Bum' lands UK and Ireland deal with Blue Finch (exclusive)
The film premiered at SXSW in March.

Harmony Korine’s comedy The Beach Bum, starring Matthew McConaughey, has secured a UK and Ireland theatrical deal with nascent distributor Blue Finch Film Releasing.

Rocket Science is handling international sales on the film, which premiered at SXSW in March and was then released in North American by Neon where it has grossed $3.5m to date.

Korine’s sixth feature, and his first since 2012 hit Spring Breakers, follows the misadventures of the rogueish Moondog (McConaughey) around the tropics of Cuba and Florida. Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher, Zac Efron, Jonah Hill and Martin Lawrence co-star.
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‘Blithe Spirit’ With Judi Dench, Dan Stevens, Isla Fisher Scores International Sales

  • Variety
Filming has started on “Blithe Spirit,” an adaptation of Noel Coward’s classic comedy about love that just won’t die. Judi Dench, Isla Fisher and Dan Stevens are among the cast in the picture, which is helmed by Edward Hall (“Downton Abbey”). Protagonist has closed a raft of pre-sales on the project, which was previously adapted for the screen by David Lean in 1945.

Other cast members in the movie from Fred Films, Powder Keg Pictures, British Lion Films, Align Pictures and Protagonist Pictures include Leslie Mann, Julian Rhind-Tut, Emilia Fox, Dave Johns, and James Fleet.

The story tracks crime writer Charles (Stevens), who is struggling with writer’s block and a deadline for his first screenplay. His second wife, Ruth (Fisher), is doing her best to keep him focused in the hope of fulfilling her dream of heading to Hollywood. When Charles invites medium Madame Arcati (Dench) to perform a séance,
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Studiocanal acquires 'Blithe Spirit' for UK, Leslie Mann joins cast

Principal photography has now started on the project, which is directed by Edward Hall.

Studiocanal has acquired UK rights to Edward Hall’s Blithe Spirit, an adaptation of Noel Coward’s 1941 play, from Protagonist Pictures.

Leslie Mann has also joined the previously announced Judi Dench, Isla Fisher and Dan Stevens in the cast, which also includes Julian Rhind-Tutt, Emilia Fox, Dave Johns and James Fleet.

Principal photography has now started on the project, which is written by Nick Moorcroft, Meg Leonard and Piers Ashworth. It is shooting in and around London.

London-based Protagonist Pictures is handling worldwide rights on the
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‘Blithe Spirit’: StudioCanal Among Buyers Of Comedy With Dan Stevens & Judi Dench, Shoot Under Way

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Principal photography is under way in UK on comedy feature Blithe Spirit, starring Dan Stevens (Beauty And The Beast), Isla Fisher (The Beach Bum), Julian Rhind-Tut (Rush), Emilia Fox (Silent Witness), Dave Johns, James Fleet (Outlander) and Judi Dench (Skyfall). As we revealed yesterday, Leslie Mann (This is 40) has also joined in a lead role.

StudioCanal has acquired the film for the UK with Protagonist also closing several territories in Cannes including Australia/New Zealand (Transmission), Spain (A Contracorriente), Scandinavia (Scanbox), Latin America (Cinepolis), Portugal (Nos Lusomundo), Cis/Baltics (Paradise), Eastern Europe (M2), Greece/Cyprus (Tanweer), Israel (Forum Films), Philippines (Pioneer), Taiwan (Cai Chang), the Middle East (Front Row), South Africa (Empire) and Airlines (Echo Lake).

Edward Hall (Downton Abbey) is directing from Nick Moorcroft, Meg Leonard and Piers Ashworth’s adaptation of the Noel Coward play about best-selling crime novelist Charles (Stevens) who is struggling with
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Leslie Mann Joins Adaptation of Noel Coward's 'Blithe Spirit'

Leslie Mann Joins Adaptation of Noel Coward's 'Blithe Spirit'
Leslie Mann has joined the all-star cast of Blithe Spirit, based on the renowned play by Noel Coward.

Mann joins Dan Stevens (Legion), Isla Fisher (The Beach Bum), Julian Rhind-Tut (Rush), Emilia Fox (Silent Witness), Dave Johns (I, Daniel Blake), James Fleet (Four Weddings and a Funeral) and Judi Dench (Philomena) in the film, being directed by Edward Hall (Downton Abbey) from a script by Nick Moorcroft, Meg Leonard and Piers Ashworth. Production has begun.

The re-imagining of Cowards's classic comedy sees Stevens playing a best-selling crime novelist struggling with catastrophic writer’s block whose desperate search for ...
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Leslie Mann To Star In Noel Coward Adaptation ‘Blithe Spirit’

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Leslie Mann To Star In Noel Coward Adaptation ‘Blithe Spirit’
Exclusive: Leslie Mann is set to star as Elvira in Blithe Spirit, the adaptation of the 1941 Noel Coward play that already had Dan Stevens, Isla Fisher and Judi Dench set to star, and Ed Hall to direct the script by Nick Moorcroft, Meg Leonard and Piers Ashworth.

The new film re-imagines the Coward play, as a writer of bestselling crime novels invites an eccentric mystic to his home in hopes of curing a terrible case of writer’s block he encounters as he tries to finish his first screenplay. That block isn’t helped much when the mystic contacts the spirit of his first wife. David Lean directed the first film adaptation of the play in 1945.

Producers are Fisherman’s Friends trio James Spring, Leonard, and Moorcroft, alongside Hilary Bevan Jones, Peter Snell and Tuni Pinnolis. The project is a Fred Films and Powder Keg Pictures production in association with British Lion Films.
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Melissa McCarthy and Chris O'Dowd in Talks to Re-Team for The Starling With Ted Melfi

Melissa McCarthy and Chris O’Dowd are thinking of teaming back up after having appeared together in both Bridesmaids and St. Vincent. This new film is being directed by Ted Melfi, who they worked with in St. Vincent, so this seems like a great fit. The film is The Starling, and Deadline reports the following storyline for the film:

A married couple suffers a tragedy that strains their relationship. While her husband heads off to deal with grief in recovery, Lily Maynard stays home. He has built a beautiful garden for her in the backyard, but she finds herself assailed by a sizable black starling that has built a nearby nest. She seeks out a veterinarian to see if there is a humane way to get rid of this bird. That vet, who was a psychiatrist once but shed humans for animals, puts his own imprint on the situation. The
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The Best Films of 2019 (So Far)

2019 is nearing the halfway mark, so it’s time to take a look back at the first six months and round up our favorite titles thus far. While the end of this year will bring personal favorites from all of our writers, think of the below 21 entries (and honorable mentions) as a comprehensive rundown of what should be seen before heading into a promising back half of the year.

Do note that this feature is based solely on U.S. theatrical releases from 2019, with many currently widely available on streaming platforms, home video (both noted below) or theatrically. Check them out below, as organized alphabetically, followed by honorable mentions and a handful of films to keep a look out for the rest of the summer.

Amazing Grace (Sydney Pollack)

A time capsule that’s as fresh and powerful an experience as it must have been when recorded live in Watts
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Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd In Talks To Re-Team With ‘St. Vincent’ Helmer Ted Melfi In ‘The Starling’

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Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd In Talks To Re-Team With ‘St. Vincent’ Helmer Ted Melfi In ‘The Starling’
Exclusive: Melissa McCarthy and Chris O’Dowd are in talks to star for their St. Vincent director Ted Melfi in The Starling, a Black List scripted comedy by Matt Harris.

The tone, comedy grounded with emotion, is comparable to St. Vincent. A married couple suffers a tragedy that strains their relationship. While her husband heads off to deal with grief in recovery, Lily Maynard stays home. He has built a beautiful garden for her in the backyard, but she finds herself assailed by a sizable black starling that has built a nearby nest. She seeks out a veterinarian to see if there is a humane way to get rid of this bird. That vet, who was a psychiatrist once but shed humans for animals, puts his own imprint on the situation. The film is an allegorical tale of how love can carry one through grief.

I’ve heard Melfi is
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Dior Makeup Artist on Embracing "Essence of the Frenchwoman" on Red Carpet

As an ambassador and celebrity makeup artist for Dior, Sabrina Bedrani knows how to bring the A-list glam to the red carpet. THR caught up with the makeup guru, who has recently worked with such stars as Charlize Theron, Isla Fisher and Michelle Williams, to talk tips, tricks and her dream client to paint for a Palais premiere.

What's your strategy for creating memorable looks for one of the world's most photographed red carpets?

The key for me is to embrace the essence of the Frenchwoman. They approach beauty in a different way — they are so chic and ...
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UK box office hit 'Fisherman’s Friends' sells around the world (exclusive)

The Fisherman’s Friends band were in Cannes on Friday (May 17) to perform a gig on the beach.

Fisherman’s Friends, Chris Foggin’s UK comedy which has been a box office smash in its home territory, has been racking up the international territory deals.

James Scott’s Legacy Rights is handling sales on the project and has now sold South Africa (Ster Kinekor), Australia (Roadshow), Germany and Benelux (Splendid), Israel (Forum), The Middle East (Phars), and Singapore and Malaysia (Shaws).

Deals were previously announced for Latin America (Sun Distribution), Japan (New Select), Spain (Diamond/Sun Distribution), and Scandinavia (Scanbox
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Cannes: Why Buyers Have a Renewed Interest in Romantic Comedies

The Cannes market is best known for its dramas and action and sci-fi projects of late, but, on the heels of the success of Crazy Rich Asians ($238.5 million worldwide) and Netflix’s viral rom-coms, there’s a renewed interest in romantic comedies — and in a way, it hasn’t been seen before.

"It used to be that rom-coms had to have two A-level names," says Radiant FilmsMimi Steinbauer, who is selling both Plus One, the wedding guest rom-com that recently played at the Tribeca Film Festival, and Unplugging, a package starring Matt Walsh and Isla Fisher ...
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Viggo Mortensen talks directing debut 'Falling'; first look at family drama (exclusive)

Viggo Mortensen talks directing debut 'Falling'; first look at family drama (exclusive)
Moretensen also stars in the film with Lance Henriksen and Laura Linney.

This week, Viggo Mortensen is heading to London to begin the editing process on Falling, his directorial debut. The film, in which Mortensen stars with Lance Henriksen and Laura Linney (see an exclusive first look above), is about a conservative father who moves from his rural farm to live with his gay son’s family in Los Angeles. The project is a very personal story, as Mortensen reveals in a catch-up with Screen.

“Both of my parents were ill. When my mother passed away, I was flying across
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