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Alejandro G. Iñárritu Compares Modern Cinema to a ‘Whore That Charges Money’

Alejandro G. Iñárritu Compares Modern Cinema to a ‘Whore That Charges Money’
Academy Award-winning director Alejandro G. Iñárritu, currently in Bosnia and Herzegovina to collect the Honorary Heart award at the 2019 Sarajevo Film Festival, had some strong words about the current state of cinema. While accepting the prize, Iñárritu advised that movies are moving at too fast a pace and are being dictated by luring eyeballs as well as the rhythms made popular by serialized narratives — aka TV storytelling, specifically streaming television.

Speaking at the ongoing festival, according to Variety, Iñárritu urged that film “needs much more contemplation, a little bit more patience” and to be “more mysterious, more impenetrable, more poetic, more soulful.”

He added that films of the past “were exploring different ways of telling stories, trying to push language. Those have disappeared. Now it’s the big tentpoles… or the TV streaming experience.”

Iñárritu’s most recent films, including such self-contained cinematic epics as “Birdman” and “The Revenant,” don’t exactly test the patience.
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Alejandro G. Iñárritu Says TV Is Altering Audiences & Films Need To Be “More Mysterious, More Impenetrable, More Poetic, More Soulful”

In the debate over the pros and cons of streaming services and how they’ve changed the film landscape, many are focused on the business side of things. Will theaters die? Should streaming services earn Oscars? But in the case of filmmaker Alejandro G. Iñárritu, he’s more concerned about how streaming services have affected which films get made, and thus, how audiences’ tastes have changed how stories are told in film.

While speaking at the Sarajevo Film Festival (via Variety), the “Birdman” director said that storytelling in film “needs much more contemplation, a little bit more patience, it needs to be a little bit more mysterious, more impenetrable, more poetic, more soulful.”

Read More: Alejandro González Iñárritu Supports Netflix But Worries About The Theatrical Experience: “Cinemas Are The Womb Of What We Are”

The director laments that quality storytelling has left the film industry in recent years as tentpole
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Alejandro G. Inarritu on the Need to Preserve Poetry in Cinema

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Alejandro G. Inarritu on the Need to Preserve Poetry in Cinema
Alejandro G. Iñárritu is urging the film industry to guard against the influence of television storytelling in cinema, a looming crisis he said could strip film of the beauty and poetry that make it a unique artistic form of expression.

Attending the Sarajevo Film Festival to receive the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo award, the Oscar-winning director of “The Revenant” and “Birdman” spoke to Variety about his concern that a new generation of moviegoers could lose the ability to appreciate that which makes cinema special.

The most challenging issue facing cinema is the effect quick-fire storytelling associated with serialized television shows, aimed at keeping viewers constantly entertained and captivated, was having on cinema, Iñárritu said.

Storytelling “needs much more contemplation, a little bit more patience, it needs to be a little bit more mysterious, more impenetrable, more poetic, more soulful.”

In the past, films “were exploring different ways of telling stories,
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Does DiCaprio Need a Career Check? Actor Called Out for Not Working With Women Directors

Does DiCaprio Need a Career Check? Actor Called Out for Not Working With Women Directors
Does Leonardo DiCaprio need to start rethinking the way he chooses his film projects? It’s a topic many moviegoers are discussing in the aftermath of a Hollywood Reporter article naming Leonardo DiCaprio the world’s “last movie star.” DiCaprio is one of few stars left in the industry whose name carries serious box office clout, but he hasn’t necessarily leveraged that star power to lift up women and minority directors. Guy Lodge, film critic for The Guardian and Variety, made a viral note on Twitter that DiCaprio has not worked with a female director since 1995.

“This is all well and good, and some fine work has come out of it, but I wouldn’t call his choices adventurous either: huge studio prestige productions with established male directors,” Lodge wrote in reaction to the THR story. “He hasn’t acted in a film with a female director since 1995, which
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How Quentin Tarantino Saved Cannes, While Abdellatif Kechiche Set It Back a Decade

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How Quentin Tarantino Saved Cannes, While Abdellatif Kechiche Set It Back a Decade
Once upon a time in Cannes, a wild-eyed rebel kicked his foot through the basement window of Hollywood, stealing helter skelter from his favorite B-movies and lowbrow genres, and splicing them into the king of all cult movies. Mind you, that was a quarter-century ago, the year Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” won the Palme d’Or.

It’s a different world now, and Cannes is a different beast. Unspooling 25 years to the night after “Pulp Fiction,” Tarantino’s latest meta-movie remix, “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” may have been the hottest ticket of the event, but the film hardly made the same impact. The 159-minute fetish exercise — an epic homage to dirty feet, neon-lit classic L.A. dives and showbiz in-jokes, set half a century ago, on the eve of the Manson Family murders — got the customary standing ovation following its red-carpet premiere (that’s standard practice at
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Bong Joon-ho Wins Palme d’Or for ‘Parasite’; See the Full List of Cannes 2019 Winners

Bong Joon-ho Wins Palme d’Or for ‘Parasite’; See the Full List of Cannes 2019 Winners
In a unanimous decision by the Cannes 2019 jury headed up by Alejandro González Iñárritu, Bong Joon-ho was awarded the Palme d’Or for his new thriller Parasite, marking the first South Korean director ever to do so. “With the terrific Parasite, Bong has crafted an angry, genre-inflected social allegory that in many ways functions as a Korean analog to Jordan Peele’s Us. A far superior craftsman than Peele, Bong is perhaps the contemporary master of entertaining, intelligent and resolutely political cinema. In our age of assembly line blockbusters, he’s a veritable treasure,” Giovanni Marchini Camia said in our review of the film, which will be released in the U.S. by Neon.

In additional, Mati Diop’s Atlantics picked up the Grand Prize, while Les Misérables and Bacurau tied for the Jury Prize. The Dardennes grabbed Best Director(s) for Young Ahmed, while Antonio Banderas and Emily Beecham
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Cannes Jury On Their ‘Unanimous’ Palme d’Or Decision & Elle Fanning’s Surprise Contributions

Cannes – Being a part of a film festival jury means you will never satisfy everyone. It’s part of the gig. For the jury of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, they were lucky enough to be handed a slate that featured few outright “bad” films and a bunch of worthy Palme d’Or contenders. The president of the jury, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, spoke to the press after the ceremony about the process the members went through to determine what turned out to be a unanimous selection of Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” for the top prize.

Continue reading Cannes Jury On Their ‘Unanimous’ Palme d’Or Decision & Elle Fanning’s Surprise Contributions at The Playlist.
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The Biggest Highs and Lows From Cannes 2019 (So Far)

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The Biggest Highs and Lows From Cannes 2019 (So Far)
The 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival hasn’t included too many movie stars — yet. But festivalgoers were able to come face-to-face with zombies, Elton John singing on the beach and Robert Pattinson going full Method actor. Here are the six biggest highs and lows from the French Riviera so far.

1. Elton John Feels the Love

Rocketman,” a musical biopic about Elton John starring Taron Egerton, received a five-minute standing ovation after its debut on May 16. The star of the film was instantly crowned an awards-season favorite for 2019; Egerton started to tear up as the crowd at the Palais showered him with applause. And there was plenty more cheering directed at John, who donned a tuxedo with a glittering brooch shaped like a rocket and the title to his famous song stitched in sparkles on the back of his jacket.

After the film ended, hundreds migrated to Carlton Beach
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Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Cannes Jury President: ‘I Don’t Like to Judge Films. I Like to Be Impregnated by Them’

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Cannes Jury President: ‘I Don’t Like to Judge Films. I Like to Be Impregnated by Them’
It’s always fun to judge the Cannes jury before they judge the Competition films. There’s 21 this year — from Quentin Tarantino’s return after a decade with “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (which nobody has seen) to Pedro Almodovar’s autobiographical “Pain & Glory,” which has built strong advance buzz from its Spain release and advance screenings in Paris and London. Word is, Antonio Banderas could be a strong contender for the Best Actor Palme.

When 2019 Cannes jury president Alejandro González Iñárritu debuted “Amores Perros” 20 years ago in the Semaine de la Critique, he said, he would never have imagined that he’d be jury president — the first Latino American filmmaker. Clearly, he’s the strongest voice on this year’s jury, which assembled at a festival dinner Monday night.

Predictably, Iñárritu said he hoped the jury comprised of four men, four women would “use their heart” as they
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Cannes: Elle Fanning, Kelly Reichardt Join Competition Jury

Cannes: Elle Fanning, Kelly Reichardt Join Competition Jury
Elle Fanning and Certain Women director Kelly Reichardt are set to join the competition jury, presided over by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival. 

A handful of Cannes prize-winning filmmakers are also on the panel, including Italian director Alice Rohrwacher, who took the best screenplay prize for Happy as Lazaro last year and the Jury Prize for The Wonders in 2014, and French helmer Robin Campillo, who won the grand prize for 120 Bpm in 2017.

Polish filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski, who won the best director prize for Cold War at Cannes last year and went on to be ...
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Oscar-Winning Spotlight Producer Steve Golin Dies at 64

Oscar-Winning Spotlight Producer Steve Golin Dies at 64
Oscar-winning producer Steve Golin, whose company Anonymous Content is behind groundbreaking hits like Spotlight and Mr. Robot, died Sunday in Los Angeles of cancer, according to multiple reports. He was 64.

Golin’s producing resume included dozens of popular movies and TV shows, and in 2016, he took home an Oscar for producing Spotlight. He was nominated that same year for The Revenant, and in 2006, earned a nod for the Alejandro G. Iñárritu drama Babel.

Golin was also a three-time Emmy nominee for his work on True Detective, Mr. Robot and The Alienist.

The New York native launched his first production company,
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Cannes Lineup Announcement: How to Watch

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Cannes Lineup Announcement: How to Watch
The 72nd Cannes Film Festival is announcing the films chosen for “official selection” — including those competing for the event’s coveted Palme d’Or prize — in a press conference Thursday starting at 11 a.m. in Paris.

The livestream of the press conference is available here. (Please note that the broadcast seldom starts on time.)

Last year, Cannes artistic director Thierry Frémaux surprised many by selecting fewer of the older, established auteurs than expected, in order to make room for rising talents, including a debut film from an emerging Egyptian director (“Yomeddine”); cutting-edge queer cinema (“Knife + Heart”); a batch of strong Asian entries; and three films made by women.

What will this year’s edition hold? This much we already know: The festival will open with Jim Jarmusch’s zombie satire “The Dead Don’t Die,” with Bill Murray, Chloe Sevigny, and Adam Driver, as Variety exclusively revealed. Elton John biopic
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2019 Cannes Film Festival Lineup: Terrence Malick, Xavier Dolan, Almodóvar Compete for Palme d’Or

2019 Cannes Film Festival Lineup: Terrence Malick, Xavier Dolan, Almodóvar Compete for Palme d’Or
The 2019 Cannes Film Festival has announced the majority of its official lineup, including films set to debut in sections such as Competition, Un Certain Regard, Out of Competition, Special Screenings, and Midnight Screenings. The lineup was announced this morning during a press conference. One thing to note is that additions to the lineup will most likely happen in the coming days. The lineup being announced this morning is the majority of the 2019 slate.

One film already confirmed for the festival is Jim Jarmusch’s “The Dead Don’t Die,” which has been selected to open Cannes 2019 on May 14. The movie is a zombie comedy starring Adam Driver, Bill Murray, and Chloe Sevigny as police officers who must protect their small town from the undead. “The Dead Don’t Die” will be in competition at Cannes, bringing Jarmusch back to the Palme d’Or race after “Paterson” in 2016. Other Jarmusch efforts
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Michael Keaton to Star in Drama ‘Goodrich’ With Amy Pascal Producing

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Michael Keaton to Star in Drama ‘Goodrich’ With Amy Pascal Producing
Michael Keaton is attached to star in “Goodrich,” with Amy Pascal producing and Hallie Meyers-Shyer directing from her own script.

The story centers on a man named Andy Goodrich in the aftermath of his second wife leaving him. He is faced with taking care of their 9-year-old twins and has to seek help from his adult daughter.

Plans are to begin shooting in the fall. The project has not yet been set up at a studio.

Keaton was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” and starred in Tom McCarthy’s best picture winner “Spotlight” and Tim Burton’s “Dumbo” for Disney. He’s currently in production on “What is Life Worth.”

Pascal chaired Sony Pictures’ motion picture group for nearly a decade until departing in 2015, when she formed Sony-based Pascal Pictures. Since then, she’s produced “Ghostbusters,
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Nigel Sinclair, Celine Rattray, Thomas Benski among speakers at Winston Baker NYC forum (exclusive)

Nigel Sinclair, Celine Rattray, Thomas Benski among speakers at Winston Baker NYC forum (exclusive)
Birdman Oscar winner Alexander Dinelaris among participants.

Nigel Sinclair, Celine Rattray and Thomas Benski are among speakers scheduled to attend the 11th annual Winston Baker TV & Film Finance Forum in New York on April 24 in association with the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.

The event will cover financial and creative perspectives in entertainment and address growth and innovation strategies for film and television investors, operators and content creators in an evolving marketplace.

Strategy executives from Viacom, Vine Alternative Investments, Alcon Media Group and Guggenheim Securities will speak on the state of the market, M&A strategies,
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Alejandro G. Iñárritu Appointed Cannes Film Festival Jury President

Alejandro G. Iñárritu Appointed Cannes Film Festival Jury President
Days after his compadre Alfonso Cuarón won the Best Director Oscar for “Roma,” Oscar-winner Alejandro G. Iñárritu has revealed that he will serve as the first Mexican filmmaker chair of the Competition jury for the 72nd Cannes Film Festival (May 14 to 25).

“Cannes is a festival that has been important to me since the beginning of my career,” stated Iñárritu. “I am humbled and thrilled to return this year with the immense honor of presiding over the jury…Cinema runs through the veins of the planet, and this festival has been its heart. We on the jury will have the privilege to witness the new and excellent work of fellow filmmakers from all over the planet. This is a true delight and a responsibility that we will assume with passion and devotion.”

Festival president Pierre Lescure and artistic director Thierry Frémaux called Iñárritu “a daring filmmaker and a director who is full of surprises,
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Alejandro G. Iñárritu Appointed Cannes Film Festival Jury President

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Alejandro G. Iñárritu Appointed Cannes Film Festival Jury President
Days after his compadre Alfonso Cuarón won the Best Director Oscar for “Roma,” Oscar-winner Alejandro G. Iñárritu has revealed that he will serve as the first Mexican filmmaker chair of the Competition jury for the 72nd Cannes Film Festival (May 14 to 25).

“Cannes is a festival that has been important to me since the beginning of my career,” stated Iñárritu. “I am humbled and thrilled to return this year with the immense honor of presiding over the jury…Cinema runs through the veins of the planet, and this festival has been its heart. We on the jury will have the privilege to witness the new and excellent work of fellow filmmakers from all over the planet. This is a true delight and a responsibility that we will assume with passion and devotion.”

Festival president Pierre Lescure and artistic director Thierry Frémaux called Iñárritu “a daring filmmaker and a director who is full of surprises,
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Alejandro G. Iñárritu Announced As 2019 Cannes Jury President

The movies that will delight and disappoint have not been announced yet but it’s already guaranteed that history will be made at the 72nd Festival de Cannes this May. This morning the Festival revealed that Alejandro G. Iñárritu will be the first Mexican to hold the title of President of the Jury. Iñárritu follows last year’s Jury President, Cate Blanchett.

Read More: Cate Blanchett: “This isn’t the Nobel Peace Prize, it’s the Palm d’Or”

In a statement from the festival, Iñárritu remarked, “Cannes is a festival that has been important to me since the beginning of my career, he has declared.

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Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu Named Cannes Jury President

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Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu Named Cannes Jury President
Four-time Oscar winner Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has been named jury president for the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, it was announced Tuesday night.

“Cannes is a festival that has been important to me since the beginning of my career,” Inarritu said in a statement. “I am humbled and thrilled to return this year with the immense honor of presiding over the Jury. Cinema runs through the veins of the planet and this festival has been its heart. We on the jury will have the privilege to witness the new and excellent work of fellow filmmakers from all over the planet. This is a true delight and a responsibility, that we will assume with passion and devotion.”

Also Read: Oscars 2019: Biggest Snubs and Surprises, From Glenn Close to 'Green Book' (Photos)

“It is very rare for Alejandro G. Iñárritu to agree to take part in a jury, and this is
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Alejandro G. Iñárritu Named Cannes Jury President

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Alejandro G. Iñárritu Named Cannes Jury President
Alejandro G. Iñárritu has been named president of the Cannes Film Festival jury.

The Oscar-winning director of “Birdman” and “The Revenant” will be the first Mexican artist to chair the panel. Iñárritu has a long history with Cannes, starting with his debut feature, “Amores Perros,” in 2000, and last attended two years ago with his critically acclaimed virtual reality experience, “Carne y Arena,” in the official selection.

“Cannes is a festival that has been important to me since the beginning of my career,” Iñárritu said in a statement. “I am humbled and thrilled to return this year with the immense honor of presiding over the jury.”

He added: “Cinema runs through the veins of the planet, and this festival has been its heart. We on the jury will have the privilege to witness the new and excellent work of fellow filmmakers from all over the planet. This is a true delight
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