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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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Irish genre film ‘Wolf’ set to star Barry Keoghan receives Screen Ireland backing

Irish genre film ‘Wolf’ set to star Barry Keoghan receives Screen Ireland backing
The film is written and directed by Nathalie Biancheri.

Irish actor Barry Keoghan, whose credits include The Killing Of A Sacred Deer, American Animals, and the Emmy-nominated series Chernobyl, is in talks to star in Nathalie Biancheri’s Wolf, a high-concept arthouse drama about a boy who believes he is a wolf.

It is being produced by Ireland’s Feline Films with Polish outfit Lava Films.

Wolf will be the third feature by Irish writer-director Biancheri following her documentary I Was Here, co-directed with Ola Jankowska, which debuted at Cph: Dox earlier this year, and the drama Nocturnal, starring Sadie Frost and Cosmo Jarvis,
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Marc Maron Explains Why You Can’t Use Slurs in Standup and How He Became a Movie Buff

Marc Maron Explains Why You Can’t Use Slurs in Standup and How He Became a Movie Buff
Marc Maron keeps cranking out his podcast, “Wtf With Marc Maron,” but there’s a lot more to him than his comedic interviews. While he continues performing standup, Maron’s acting career continues to evolve. In Lynn Shelton’s newly released “Sword of Trust,” Maron plays a downbeat pawn broker who gets involved in a peculiar scene with a group of southern conspiracy theorists. The collaboration with the improv-friendly Shelton has given Maron one of his finest roles to date, following up on his acclaimed supporting turn on Netflix’s “Glow.”

However, Maron’s affinity for movies predates his own involvement with them. In a recent conversation at the Ludlow Hotel in New York, he spoke about the evolution of sensibilities, as well as the way the changing cultural climate impacted his relationship to political correctness.

How comfortable are you with improvisation?

I’m a stand-up guy, but almost all
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Oscars invite 842 new members in 2019: Complete list by branch (and 2014-2018 totals too)

Oscars invite 842 new members in 2019: Complete list by branch (and 2014-2018 totals too)
This year, the motion picture academy made history by inviting an equal number of women and men to join. In all, 842 film professionals were invited to become part of the organization that hands out the Oscars. Compare this intake to the totals of the previous five years: a record 928 in 2018; 774 in 2017; 683 in 2016; 322 in 2015; and 271 in 2014.

While Academy Awards nominees are automatically eligible for consideration, the rest of the candidates must go through a fairly cumbersome process. A candidate must meet certain branch specific requirements before even being eligible.

For example, actors must “have a minimum of three theatrical feature film credits, in all of which the roles played were scripted roles, one of which was released in the past five years, and all of which are of a caliber that reflect the high standards of the Academy.” For writers, directors and producers they need have just two of these credits.
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Academy Reaches Gender Parity in 2019 New Member Invitations

  • Variety
Half of the 842 new members invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are women, the group announced on Monday.

The organization behind the Oscars also disclosed that 29% of the new invitees are people of color. Should those people accept, and they almost universally do, the Academy will have doubled the percentage of nonwhite people in their ranks in four years.

In 2015, people of color accounted for only 8% of the Academy body. In 2019, it stands at 16%, the Academy reported. As it stands, the Academy counts 8,946 active members, with 8,733 eligible to vote on the Oscars. The total membership including retired members is 9,794. This year’s number falls short of 2018’s record of 928 invitations.

New members in this round include “Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon Chu, actors Winston Duke and Gemma Chan, and screenwriters Ritesh Batra (“Photograph”), Chinonye Chukwu (“Clemency”), Park Young-soo (“Detective Dee”) and Ryo Sakaguchi (“Ant-Man and the Wasp
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Motion Picture Academy Adds 842 New Members, Half Of Whom Are Women

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 842 new members in their annual effort to bring in new blood to the organization that hands out the Oscars. This is down from the 928 members invited last year, but 50% of this year’s number are women, inching closer to the goal of creating an even playing field between female and male members. It marks an 7% increase in female members from 2015 to an overall 32% of the entire organization.

A total of 29% of the new class revealed Monday are people of color, marking an 8% increase in that statistic since 2015. Among the new invitees, 21 are already Oscar winners and 82 are past Oscar nominees.

New members among the acting branch include recent Best Song winner Lady Gaga, who is also being invited to the music branch; Sterling K. Brown; Claire Foy; and actors ranging in age from 23-year-old Spider-Man Tom Holland to the (shamefully) never-nominated legendary French star,
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Colin Farrell movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘In Bruges,’ ‘The Lobster,’ ‘Minority Report’

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Colin Farrell movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘In Bruges,’ ‘The Lobster,’ ‘Minority Report’
Happy 43rd birthday to the great Colin Farrell on May 31, 2019! This versatile Irish actor has excelled in a variety of genres, from action films to dramas and from wild comedies to very very dark comedies.

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Farrell has had the good fortune to work with many of the best directors out there, including Terence Malick and Steven Spielberg. Two writers/directors in particular have been instrumental in pushing Farrell to new artistic ground. Martin McDonagh directed Farrell to his first Golden Globe win (Best Actor for “In Bruges”), and Yorgos Lanthimos led Farrell to his second Best Actor Globe nomination, this time for “The Lobster.”

SEEJessica Chastain movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best

Farrell will next be seen on the big screen in the action thriller “Eve,” directed by Tate Taylor and co-starring Jessica Chastain. Until then, let
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Colin Farrell movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Colin Farrell movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Happy 43rd birthday to the great Colin Farrell on May 31, 2019! This versatile Irish actor has excelled in a variety of genres, from action films to dramas and from wild comedies to very very dark comedies.

Farrell has had the good fortune to work with many of the best directors out there, including Terence Malick and Steven Spielberg. Two writers/directors in particular have been instrumental in pushing Farrell to new artistic ground. Martin McDonagh directed Farrell to his first Golden Globe win (Best Actor for “In Bruges”), and Yorgos Lanthimos led Farrell to his second Best Actor Globe nomination, this time for “The Lobster.”

Farrell will next be seen on the big screen in the action thriller “Eve,” directed by Tate Taylor and co-starring Jessica Chastain. Until then, let’s raise a pint of Guinness for a toast and celebrate by counting down the 15 best screen performances of Farrell. Tour
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Cannes unveils high-calibre gender-balanced Competition jury

Cannes unveils high-calibre gender-balanced Competition jury
Rich pedigree of Cannes regulars, prize-winners among panel.

A prestigious gender-balanced group of jurors will join previously announced president Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu on the Cannes Film Festival’s Competition jury.

Joining Iñárritu on the panel are filmmakers Paweł Pawlikowski, Yorgos Lanthimos, Kelly Reichardt (Us), Alice Rohrwacher, and Robin Campillo (France), as well as actor Elle Fanning (Us), actor-director Maimouna N’Diaye (Burkina Faso), and graphic novel author and director Enki Bilal (France).

Pawlikowski’s Cold War screened in Competition last year when it earned the best director prize, and went on to receive foreign language and directing Oscar nods earlier this year.
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‘Green Knight’: Barry Keoghan & Ralph Ineson Joins A24’s Fantasy Epic

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‘Green Knight’: Barry Keoghan & Ralph Ineson Joins A24’s Fantasy Epic
Exclusive: A24 has added actors Barry Keoghan and Ralph Ineson to its David Lowery-directed Fantasy Epic Green Knight, the retelling of the medieval tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

Dev Patel is in talks to star in the adaptation of one of the most famous tales in early English literature. Lowery, Toby Halbrooks, and James M. Johnston are producing via their Sailor Bear production banner, along with Tim Headington and Theresa Steele Page of Ley Line Entertainment.

Bron Studio’s Aaron L. Gilbert and Creative Wealth Media’s Jason Cloth will serve as executive producers. A24, Ley Line, Bron Creative are financing the pic.

Keoghan starred opposite Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman in the Yorgos Lanthimos-directed 2017 Cannes film The Killing of a Sacred Deer, as well as Christopher Nolan’s WWII epic Dunkirk, which earned an Oscar Best Picture nomination. He’ll next been seen in FX’s sci-fi series,
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Colin Farrell To Star In New A24 Sci-Fi Drama ‘After Yang’ From Filmmaker Kogonada

Colin Farrell is an interesting actor to discuss. It’s impossible to say with any confidence just exactly he chooses his roles. There’s no question the actor is talented, but his IMDb is just all over the place. There are clear highlights, such as “In Bruges,” “Minority Report,” and recent films like “Widows,” “The Lobster,” and “The Killing of a Sacred Deer.” But those are offset by “Daredevil,” “Fright Night,” “Total Recall,” and “Winter’s Tale.” So, basically, when Farrell is good, he’s really good.

Continue reading Colin Farrell To Star In New A24 Sci-Fi Drama ‘After Yang’ From Filmmaker Kogonada at The Playlist.
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Colin Farrell to Star in A24 Robot Drama ‘After Yang’

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Colin Farrell to Star in A24 Robot Drama ‘After Yang’
Colin Farrell will star in A24’s upcoming film “After Yang.” Korean-born filmmaker Kogonada will direct the robot drama from his own script.

A24 has greenlit the project, which is based on the Alexander Weinstein short story “Saying Goodbye to Yang.”

“After Yang” centers on a father and daughter as they try to save the life of their robotic family member Yang in a world where robotic children are purchased as live-in-babysitters. In the story, Yang has been programmed to help his little sister learn about her cultural heritage.

Theresa Park and her Per Capita Productions will produce with Cinereach. Park and Cinereach bought the rights to the short story last year and attached Kogonada to adapt it.

Kogonada made his feature directorial debut with 2017’s “Columbus” starring John Cho.

Farrell will be seen next in Disney’s “Dumbo,” directed by Tim Burton. He recently starred in “Widows,” “The Killing Of A Sacred Deer,
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Kogonada Returns: ‘Columbus’ Director Sets Up Colin Farrell-Starring ‘After Yang’ at A24

Kogonada Returns: ‘Columbus’ Director Sets Up Colin Farrell-Starring ‘After Yang’ at A24
Two years after making his feature directorial debut on the beloved indie “Columbus,” video-essayist-turned-filmmaker Kogonada has finally lined up his followup feature. Deadline reports that the South Korean-born creator will next tackle a big screen adaption of the Alexander Weinstein-penned short story “Saying Goodbye to Yang.” The filmmaker will both write and direct the film, which will be released with the slightly tweaked title “After Yang.”

Colin Farrell will star in the film, which will be released by boutique studio A24, which previously released the Farrell-starring features “The Lobster” and “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” both directed by “The Favourite” filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos. Per Deadline, the film “follows a father and daughter as they try to save the life of their robotic family member.”

The story was originally published in Weinstein’s short short collection “Children of the New World,” a speculative fiction offering first published in the
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Yorgos Lanthimos to Direct Jim Thompson Adaptation ‘Pop. 1280’

After his streak of three English-language features within the span of four years–The Lobster, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, and The Favourite–Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos is taking a little more time before his next project, but it looks like he’s finally decided what it will be.

Deadline reports Lanthimos will next write and direct an adaptation of Jim Thompson’s 1964 novel Pop. 1280, which was previously made into a film in France back in 1981 with Bertrand Tavernier’s Coup de Torchon. The story follows a corrupt sheriff in a small town who attempts to sway his neighbors as a local election approaches and much more sinister motives are revealed. The project will find Lanthimos moving from upper-class world of British royalty to a dusty West Texas. While no casting has been announced yet, it’s the makings of a complicated, deliciously dark role; may we suggest a reteam with Colin Farrell?
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Yorgos Lanthimos lines up crime thriller ‘Pop. 1280’ for his next project

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He may have missed out on the coveted top prize at last night’s Oscar’s but hot property, Yorgos Lanthimos, has lined up his next project already, an adaptation of Jim Thompson’s 1964 crime novel ‘Pop. 1280’.

Lanthimos will write and direct the picture which tells the story of a sheriff in a town with a population of 1280 people who presents himself as a simplistic, harmless fool, but in actuality is a manipulative psychopath and serial killer who preys on the worst impulses of the small town folk.

Andrew Lowe and Ed Guiney of Element Pictures, Lanthimos, Ryan Friedkin of Imperative Entertainment and John Alan Simon of Discovery Productions will produce. Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas of Imperative Entertainment, Micah Green and Dan Steinman of 30West, Elizabeth Karr of Discovery Productions, Ilene Feldman, and Jon Levin will be executive producers.

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The Favourite’s Yorgos Lanthimos to write and direct Pop. 1280

Deadline is reporting that The Favourite director Yorgos Lanthimos is set to write and direct an adaptation of Jim Thompson’s crime novel Pop. 1280 for Imperative Entertainment.

The 1964 novel follows “a corrupt sheriff of a small town who manipulates the people in his orbit in order to win the next election.”

Lanthimos – whose other credits including The Killing of a Sacred Deer and The Lobster – is said to be a long-time fan of the book, and the project is said to be a high priority for Imperative.

Lanthimos’ latest film The Favourite won seven BAFTA Awards earlier this month and is nominated for 10 Oscars at tonight’s Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director.

The post The Favourite’s Yorgos Lanthimos to write and direct Pop. 1280 appeared first on Flickering Myth.
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‘The Favourite’ Oscar interviews: Exclusive chats with nominees Tony McNamara, Fiona Crombie, Yorgos Mavropsaridis [Watch]

‘The Favourite’ Oscar interviews: Exclusive chats with nominees Tony McNamara, Fiona Crombie, Yorgos Mavropsaridis [Watch]
With 10 Academy Award bids, “The Favourite” is tied with “Roma” as the most nominated film, making it … well, a favourite with voters. Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, this Fox Searchlight release centers on the rivalry between two cousins (Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz) for the affections of the frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman). Gold Derby spoke with screenwriter Tony McNamara, production designer Fiona Crombie and film editor Yorgos Mavropsaridis about their Oscar-nominated work.

See Gold Derby Film Awards winners 2019: ‘The Favourite’ is the biggest champ, but ‘Roma’ takes Best Picture

When McNamara was hired to work on Deborah Davis‘s draft of the script he wanted to “re-engineer the period movie.” He explains, “We just wanted it to be about people in a really contemporary way, not in the sense we were looking back at something.” Instead, he wanted “these three women and the dilemmas they got up with every day to be very fresh,
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Yorgos Lanthimos to Direct and Adapt Crime Novel ‘Pop. 1280’

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Yorgos Lanthimos to Direct and Adapt Crime Novel ‘Pop. 1280’
Yorgos Lanthimos, the Oscar-nominated director of “The Favourite,” will next write and direct “Pop. 1280,” an adaptation of a 1964 crime novel by Jim Thompson, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

Lanthimos will develop the film at Imperative Entertainment, which will produce with Element Pictures in association with Discovery Productions.

Thompson’s novel is about a sheriff in a town with a population of 1280 people who presents himself as a simplistic, harmless fool, but in actuality is a manipulative psychopath and serial killer who preys on the worst impulses of the small town folk.

Andrew Lowe and Ed Guiney of Element Pictures are producing along with Lanthimos, Ryan Friedkin on behalf of Imperative Entertainment and John Alan Simon of Discovery Productions. Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas of Imperative Entertainment
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‘Pop. 1280′: Yorgos Lanthimos’ Next Project Is About a Corrupt Sheriff

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‘Pop. 1280′: Yorgos Lanthimos’ Next Project Is About a Corrupt Sheriff
Two days prior to the Oscars, where “The Favourite” is nominated for 10 awards, Yorgos Lanthimos’ next project has been revealed. The Greek auteur will write and direct “Pop. 1280,” reports Deadline, based on the 1964 Jim Thompson novel of the same name. The film will be produced by Imperative Entertainment, Element Pictures, Lanthimos, and Discovery Productions.

About a small-town sheriff whose corruption escalates in the lead-up to his next election, “Pop. 1280” was previously adapted as “Coup de Torchon” in 1981 by Bertrand Tavernier. Thompson also wrote “The Killer Inside Me,” which was made into a controversial film by Michael Winterbottom in 2010, among many other crime novels; though he received little recognition during his life, Thompson has come to be revered as an exemplar of the genre.

Given that the story is set in West Texas, “Pop. 1280” is likely to be Lanthimos’ fourth-consecutive English-language project after “The Lobster,” “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,
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‘Dunkirk’s Barry Keoghan Inks With CAA

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‘Dunkirk’s Barry Keoghan Inks With CAA
Exclusive: Irish actor Barry Keoghan has signed with CAA.

Keoghan first cut his teeth in the Irish soap Fair City back in 2011. At the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, he transfixed global audiences with his gripping turn as an offbeat kid with fatal powers in Yorgos Lanthimos’ drama thriller The Killing of a Sacred Deer, holding a considerable amount of sway over Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell’s characters. That same year Keoghan also starred in Christopher Nolan’s Oscar-winning WWII epic Dunkirk which grossed over a half billion at the worldwide box office.

Keoghan was recently nominated at the BAFTAs in the prestigious Rising Star Award category. He was also nominated for a 2018 British Independent Film Award in American Animals and at last year’s Independent Spirit Award in the Best Supporting Actor slot for Sacred Deer.

Keoghan will next be seen in FX’s Y: The Last Man. His other
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