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The Criterion Channel: Criterion Launches Independent Streaming Service in the Wake of FilmStruck’s Demise

The Criterion Channel: Criterion Launches Independent Streaming Service in the Wake of FilmStruck’s Demise
The Criterion Collection and საომარიnerMedia have announced the launch of The Criterion Collection as a new independent streaming service. That’s great news for cinephiles that have been mourning the demise of FilmStruck, the niche but well-beloved movie subscription service that საომარიnerMedia unceremoniously axed last month. However, this happy news for movie lovers seems like it translates […]

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'The Biggest Little Farm' wins AFI Fest audience award feature prize

'The Biggest Little Farm' wins AFI Fest audience award feature prize
Festival concluded on Thursday with world premiere of Mary Queen Of Scots.

John Chester’s documentary The Biggest Little Farm has won the AFI Fest 2018 presented by Audi audience award feature prize.

The Biggest Little Farm chronicles eight years in the life of Chester and his wife as they move out of Los Angeles to build a sustainable farm.

Rayka Zehtabchi’s Period. End Of Sentence won the audience award for best short and examines the impact on feminine hygiene in a village in northern India when a machine that creates low-cost biodegradable sanitary pads is installed. Awards consultant Lisa Taback served as producer.
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‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ ‘Leave No Trace’ Nominated for Top Independent Spirit Awards

‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ ‘Leave No Trace’ Nominated for Top Independent Spirit Awards
If Beale Street Could Talk, You Were Never Really Here, Eighth Grade, First Reformed and Leave No Trace have been nominated as the best independent films of 2018 by the Film Independent Spirit Awards, which announced its nominees on Friday morning in Los Angeles.

To qualify for the Spirit Awards, a film must meet a variety of criteria, including a budget of less than $20 million. It must also contain “significant American content,” a requirement that can be fulfilled by having the film set and shot in the U.S. or by having U.S. citizens or permanent residents in two of the three creative positions of director, writer and producer.
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As A Producer Of ‘The Sisters Brothers’ Looking For A Fresh ვესტერნი, John C. Reilly Gave Jacques Audiard Free Rein

As A Producer Of ‘The Sisters Brothers’ Looking For A Fresh ვესტერნი, John C. Reilly Gave Jacques Audiard Free Rein
As a producer-actor, giving carte blanche to an auteur can be a dangerous thing, as John C. Reilly found when he and his wife Alison Dickey began shopping their passion project, and Reilly’s first producorial feature outing—an adaptation of Patrick DeWitt’s 2012 novel The Sisters Brothers—to some of the world’s most respected directors. Luckily, after bracing himself to give up on his dream of playing Eli Sisters, one of the film’s two leads, Reilly found himself back on board when France’s Jacques Audiard took the reins, casting Joaquin Phoenix opposite him as Charlie Sisters, the other of two bounty hunters on a mission to kill a thieving prospector in 1850s Oregon.

What was it that appealed to you about this story by Patrick DeWitt? You hadn’t really done a ვესტერნი before, had you?

I was really looking for something more original to do,
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‘Dogs’ Review: Netflix’s Docuseries Is a Poignant Love Letter to Humanity

“Human relationships are complex. Dogs make life more simple,” says groomer Kenichi Nagase in Netflix’s docuseries “Dogs.” The Japanese introvert has hit upon a byproduct of the six-part anthology series, ostensibly an examination of the unconditional love between owner and pet, but ultimately a celebration of how the love of dogs can inspire people to focus on a passion. And as seen in this series, this leads to greater heights of humanity, even acts of heroism. Yes, lolling tongues, floppy ears, and wagging tails abound, but in the end, it’s the people’s stories that resonate the most in “Dogs.” Dogs are easy to love, and through their example, we can relearn to love our fellow man.

დოკუმენტური heavyweights Amy Berg (“Deliver Us From Evil”) and Glen Zipper lead a handful of acclaimed filmmakers through six tales of doggy devotion that travel from the U.S. to Syria,
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‘The Good Place’ Stars Tease the Aftermath of Janet’s Big Move and Her Future With Jason

‘The Good Place’ Stars Tease the Aftermath of Janet’s Big Move and Her Future With Jason
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “The Good Place” Season 3, Episode 9, “Don’t Let the Good Life Pass You By.”]

The Good Place” continues to explore ideas and go to realms that no other show can even conceive. This time, Michael (Ted Danson) and his four human pals will enter Janet’s void after a run-in with demons leaves the Soul Squad no choice but to escape into the unknown.

“I think I can take you in to my void,” Janet says in the last წუთიutes of Thursday’s episode “Don’t Let the Good Life Pass You By.” “I don’t know if you can survive in my void, but either way, you will definitely die on Earth when I do this, so look around and say goodbye.” In the next second, she whisked everyone away.

IndieWire spoke with D’Arcy Carden, who plays the omniscient being/personal assistant Janet, and Manny Jacinto, who plays her human love interest Jason,
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Alfonso Cuarón’s Black-and-White ‘Roma’ Was a Cinematic Master Stroke

Alfonso Cuarón’s Black-and-White ‘Roma’ Was a Cinematic Master Stroke
Without the availability of Alfonso Cuarón’s go-to cinematographer, three-time Oscar winner, Chivo Lubezki, he was truly left to his own devices when shooting his childhood memory film, “Roma.” But it turned out to be a blessing because it forced the director to confront the past by himself. And Cuarón made the bold, experimental choice of shooting in color with the Alexa 65, but then sculpting in black-and-white like a photo-realistic painter.

Read More: ‘’Roma’: Here’s How Alfonso Cuarón Can Really Disrupt the Oscar Race

The result was a cinematic masterstroke, as the director meticulously recreated the past through stream of consciousness recollections of his family, his house, and his neighborhood during the turbulent ’70s in Mexico City. “There is a tendency to use digital to create a filmic look, and I have done this, but, on this one, we didn’t want to emulate film, we wanted to embrace digital,
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Channing Dungey Out, Karey Burke in As ABC Entertainment Makes Big Switch

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Channing Dungey Out, Karey Burke in As ABC Entertainment Makes Big Switch
As Dana Walden prepares to take over Disney TV Studios and ABC Entertainment, she’s found a new network lieutenant. Channing Dungey is out after nearly three years in the job; Karey Burke will serve as president of entertainment.

Burke was already inside Disney as head of original programming at Freeform; she takes over the ABC job immediately. Once Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox production assets is completed, Burke will report to Walden, the chairman of Disney TV Studios and ABC Entertainment.

The news isn’t a surprise, as Walden was expected to make changes to the Disney/ABC structure. It’s understood that Walden and Dungey aren’t close, and it wasn’t likely that they’d be working together. ABC said it was Dungey’s decision to step down from the role, and insiders noted that Dungey’s contract was coming up, and the exec was ready to try something new.
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Armie Hammer Apologizes For Stan Lee Tweet After Being Called An “Asshat” By ‘Walking Dead’ Actor

Unless you somehow avoid social media (I envy you!), you probably noticed that upon news of Stan Lee’s passing earlier this week, people from all walks of life posted pictures they took with the Marvel Comics legend. While a great deal of those people posting pictures are outside of the entertainment industry, there were quite a few celebrities that also shared pictures with Lee. And that really perturbed actor Armie Hammer.

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The Doomed Devotion of Dance Cinema

To bop, shimmy, tango, shake, wriggle; movement is the intrinsic lifeblood of the cinema, and from its earliest days it was physical motion that best exhibited the novel technology of the movies. Dance was one of the foremost of those visual pleasures, generally seen as escapist entertainment. This was even more the case as films blossomed into sound and the musical became de rigeur. Initially, dance was stage-bound and limited by heavy equipment required to record its subjects, but it didn’t take very long for song and dance numbers to reach a greater potential, especially under the auspices of talents like choreographer Busby Berkeley, with his dazzling geometric formations of chorines. In the forties, there came the wholesome vitality of MGM’s Freed Unit musicals. With their chirpy songs and rosy-cheeked pictures of good health, it’s difficult to detect any darkness in their depths. Yet dance, like any art form,
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Rumor: Marvel Studios Eyeing ‘Kubo’ Director Travis Knight For ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3’

While Marvel Studios has stayed noticeably mum about anything happening with “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” after the unceremonious firing of writer-director James Gunn, it appears that the folks behind the scenes could be looking to get the franchise going again soon.

According to a new rumor from DisInsider, Marvel Studios and Disney have their sights set on Travis Knight as a possible replacement for the ousted Gunn.

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Women Rule the Indie Spirit Nominations, But Will Oscars Follow?

Women Rule the Indie Spirit Nominations, But Will Oscars Follow?
The nominations for Film Independent’s 34th Independent Spirit Awards are in. The always-idiosyncratic nominations committees steer toward low-budget indie American movies (there’s supposedly a $20-million budget cap), which explains why ineligible titles include too-expensive “Vice,” Belgian-directed “Beautiful Boy,” French-directed “The Sisters Brothers,” and British movie “Mary Queen of Scots,” among others, and how Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” wound up in the stellar international film category which also includes likely Oscar-contenders “Burning”, “The Favourite”, and Palme d’Or winner “Shoplifters”.

Spirit nominations do offer some guidance for other awards shows, from the Screen Actors Guild to the Oscars: back in March, Frances McDormand, Allison Janney, and Sam Rockwell all landed Spirit wins in the blustery white tent in Santa Monica the day before accepting their inevitable Oscars. Original Screenplay Oscar winner Jordan Peele took home the Best Feature Indie Spirit for “Get Out”; before that, the previous four winners
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Out Of The Ashes Of FilmStruck, The Criterion Channel Rises: New Streaming Service Launching In 2019

Okay, film fans, we have some exciting news to bring you — the Criterion Channel is coming back in Spring 2019, bigger and better than before.

As you may already know, with the demise of FilmStruck (Rip), the Criterion Channel was without a home. Now, the Criterion Channel is coming back as an independent service that sounds like it might very well be the spiritual successor to FilmStruck that fans have been waiting to hear about.

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‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ Leads the Way for the Future of Queer Film

Based on a true story, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” follows the exploits of Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy), a Jewish lesbian writer who bolsters her failing writing career by forging and selling rare literary letters with the help of a foppish drifter named Jack Hock (Richard E. Grant). Incidentally, but not insignificantly, it’s also the story of a friendship between an acerbic lesbian and a witty gay man — a unique synergy and the unsung bedrock of the queer community that is rarely, if ever, portrayed onscreen, and certainly not with this authenticity.

It’s the kind of non-sexual relationship between a man and a woman Hollywood just doesn’t do, and it wouldn’t have happened if “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” was pure fiction. The people these characters are based on were queer in real life, so no executive could (or was less likely to) say, “Why do
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Chris Pratt In Talks To Revive ‘The Saint’ Franchise For Paramount

Chris Pratt is quickly approaching Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson territory as the man to go to if you want to start a major franchise. First, the actor surprised everyone by shedding his “Parks and Rec” persona to become Star-Lord in the Marvel Studios film “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Then, he did it all over again, with even bigger box office totals, launching the “Jurassic World” franchise.

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Criterion Collection to Launch Its Own Streaming Service in Spring 2019

The Criterion Collection is officially launching its own independent streaming platform, named The Criterion Channel. The company, in a special arrangement with საომარიnerMedia, will have a “free-standing streaming service” that is set to launch in Spring 2019. The fate of Criterion has been a burning question for cinephiles since საომარიnerMedia announced the end of FilmStruck last month. FilmStruck has been the exclusive streaming home for Criterion since its launch in October 2016.

“Today’s announcement ensures that fans will have access to these films from the Criterion Collection as well as films from საომარიnerMedia’s deep and extensive library in what will be a rich and curated experience, which will further expand the audience footprint for these classic and acclaimed movies,” Criterion said in a statement.

The company added, “The Criterion Channel will be picking up where FilmStruck left off, with thematic programming, regular filmmaker spotlights, and actor retrospectives, featuring major classics
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Rip Stan Lee: Watch The Entire Version Of Roger Corman’s Unreleased 1994 ‘Fantastic Four’ Film

Welcome to #FlashbackFriday, where we look at past moments with filmmakers, actors, etc. and highlight something in cinema history that’s fascinating, amusing, perhaps something you never knew or have seen, you name it.

Look, we’re not normally fans of just posting links to full films. However, in light of this week’s passing of Stan Lee and the fact that Marvel never released the finished version, we have a special treat for superhero fans for this week’s #FlashbackFriday.

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Tim Allen: I Like Pissing People Off. And Nothing Does More Than a Very Funny Conservative.

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Tim Allen: I Like Pissing People Off. And Nothing Does More Than a Very Funny Conservative.
If you ever needed an example of how unpredictable the TV business has become, consider the breakout new series that’s actually seven years old: “Last Man Standing.” The Fox sitcom was left for dead last year, when ABC — which didn’t own the Tim Allen show — canceled it after deciding the economics no longer worked.

Fox, however, does own the show — for now — through sister studio 20th Century Fox TV. Initial talks to immediately relaunch the show fell flat when Fox didn’t have room on its schedule. But then came New Fox.

As it prepares to reinvent itself as a standalone network, Fox is repositioning itself as more of a network with broad appeal, which includes stocking up with live events like Thursday Night Football. With the NFL on Thursday, “we saw an opportunity on Friday night for comedy,” said Fox Entertainment president Michael Thorn.

But Fox didn
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‘Smilf’ Season 2 Trailer: Frankie Shaw Returns In January With New Episodes Of The Acclaimed Showtime Series

One of 2017’s best shows, that was grossly overlooked at the Emmys, “Smilf,” is coming back in early 2019 for Season 2 on Showtime.

The series, which is written, directed, produced, and starring, Frankie Shaw, follows a single mother, Bridgette, as she tries to navigate life with a young son and the interesting folks that populate her life, including an incredible performance by Rosie O’Donnell as Bridgette’s mom Tutu.

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‘Eighth Grade,’ ‘First Reformed’ Top 2019 Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

The 2019 Independent Spirit Awards nominations were announced this morning and Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed” was the standout with four nominations including Best Feature, Best Director (Schrader), Best Male Lead (Ethan Hawke) and Screenplay. “We The Animals” earned five mostly below-the-line nods including Best First Feature and Cinematography. “Eighth Grade” also earned four nods including Best Feature, Best Female Lead, and Best Supporting Male.

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