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William Friedkin’s Real-Life Exorcist Doc ‘The Devil & Father Amorth’ Lands at The Orchard

William Friedkin’s Real-Life Exorcist Doc ‘The Devil & Father Amorth’ Lands at The Orchard
The Orchard has acquired worldwide rights to director William Friedkin’s real-life exorcism documentary “The Devil & Father Amorth,” the company announced Wednesday.

The company plans an April 20 theatrical release for the doc, which records an actual exorcism performed by the Vatican’s Father Gabriele Amorth as he fights to expel Satan from an Italian woman.

The film, produced by LD Entertainment’s Mickey Liddell and Pete Shilaimon, arrives 45 years after Friedkin directed the blockbuster, “The Exorcist.” Friedkin had received permission to travel to Rome and meet with 91-year-old Father Gabriele Amorth, the “Vatican Exorcist,” to film a real-life exorcism.
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10 Buzziest Films at Sundance Film Festival 2018

10 Buzziest Films at Sundance Film Festival 2018
Studio executives flock to Park City hoping to find the next big thing in indie film. It’s a chance to get their hands on the newest “The Big Sick,” the kind of powerful movie that has what it takes to break out into the mainstream. A number of films heading to the festival are already generating heat, sight unseen. Variety runs down the movies that are most likely to spark all-night bidding wars.

Damsel

Cast: Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Forster

Directors: David Zellner & Nathan Zellner

Sales agent: ICM

Why Buyers Are Circling:

Pattinson may have hung up the fangs, but the “Twilight” star still commands crowds (particularly overseas). This offbeat western sounds like a change of pace for the recovering tween idol.
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Sundance 2018 Indie Episodic Preview: The Most Anticipated TV Pilots and Premieres at This Year’s Festival

Don’t let the title fool you: The Sundance Film Festival has been featuring television programs for years, be it the slew of documentaries that end up on HBO, Showtime, and Netflix or pilots that earn a special showcase like “Animals.” did in 2015.

But 2018 is special. This year, Sundance is dedicating an entire section to episodic programming, including short-form series, docu-series, traditional pilots, and more experimental premieres. It’s all coming together under the Indie Episodic banner, and it’s all designed with one clear mission:

“There is no clear path to series if you’re trying to do it independently — if you’re going to try and shoot your own pilot, and then try and get picked up,” Sundance programmer Charlie Sextro told IndieWire. “There’s a clear way [in] making an independent film: It gets picked up at Sundance, and then it gets out to the world. It’s
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“We Went Where the Story Took Us”: Director Derek Doneen | Kailash

As you made your film during the increasingly chaotic backdrop of the last year, how did you as a filmmaker control, ignore, give in to or, conversely, perhaps creatively exploit the wild and unpredictable? What roles did chaos and order play in your films? Kailash is about a man who risks his life and the lives of his family and colleagues by breaking into factories to rescue children from slavery. Being that we chose to tell the story with vérité filmmaking — in realtime — the very nature of what we set out to shoot was inherently chaotic. We knew […]
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Dylan Farrow Details Woody Allen Abuse in First TV Interview: ‘He Would Follow Me Around, He Was Always Touching Me’

Dylan Farrow Details Woody Allen Abuse in First TV Interview: ‘He Would Follow Me Around, He Was Always Touching Me’
Woody Allen is “lying and he’s been lying for so long,” said Dylan Farrow during an emotional television interview Thursday morning. Farrow, Allen’s adopted daughter, sat down with “CBS This Morning” co-anchor Gayle King for the segment, which marks her first television interview ever. Farrow spoke at length about her long-held accusation that Allen molested her as a child, allegations which first surfaced in 1993 when Farrow was just seven years old. The rumors have persisted around Allen for years, but the famed filmmaker has yet to pay any discernible price, continuing to make movies to this day.

Read More:Dylan Farrow Addresses Woody Allen in First TV Interview: ‘Why Shouldn’t I Want to Bring Him Down?’

Farrow recounted in great detail the day that she says she will never forget:

“I was taken to a small attic crawl space… He instructed me to lay down on my stomach
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“Documentaries Are Less an Act of Creation and More an Act of Discovery”: Dp Bob Richman on The Price of Everything

Brooklyn-born Dp Bob Richman began his career as a production assistant for Albert and David Maysles. He’s since gone on to shoot some of the most widely seen documentaries of the past 20 years: An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for ‘Superman’, the Paradise Lost trilogy and Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, to name a few. His latest feature, The Price of Everything, is a vérité doc on the puzzlingly astronomical price of fine art. Richman spoke with Filmmaker ahead of the film’s Sundance premiere about his preferred camera for vérité filmmaking, reuniting with director Nathaniel Kahn (My Architect) and the essential importance of a good […]
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Trailer Watch: Beuys

A German fighter pilot shot down over Crimea, rescued by nomadic tribesmen. A chronically depressed veteran, in near total isolation in the wilderness. A difficult pupil turned iconoclast pedagogue. Whether apocrypha or self-imposed legend, all these identities defined the persona of artist Joseph Beuys, arguably one of the most relevant and revolutionary forces in modern and post-modern art in the 20th century. A former soldier of the Third Reich, rehabilitated through a lifelong commitment to innovation, Beuys redefined the artist’s role in society as the ultimate act of public penance. From renowned pieces such as “How to Explain Pictures to […]
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25 Films We’re Excited about at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival

Sundance starts tomorrow, and just before the curtain raises we’re squeaking in with a list of films our correspondents — Vadim Rizov, Meredith Alloway and myself — are excited to see. I’m about to start packing, and colleagues from other magazines and companies are Facebooking their Sars-mask covered faces on their way to the influenza petri-dish of Park City. I could spin this intro out longer — quote Sundance festival director John Cooper on how this year’s festival is full of “alternative voices” — or perhaps left-turn into some metaphor or another, but I’ll just do what we do here […]
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‘The X-Files’ Review: ‘Plus One’ Features Silly Plotting but Solid Character Work (Plus a Surprise for Longtime Fans)

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‘The X-Files’ Review: ‘Plus One’ Features Silly Plotting but Solid Character Work (Plus a Surprise for Longtime Fans)
[Editor’s note: Spoilers follow for “The X-Files” Season 11, Episode 3, “Plus One.”]

Previously, on “The X-Files”…

Mulder and Scully are FBI agents who investigate weird crimes. Sometimes those are stand-alone adventures. Also, they’ve been partners, off and on, professionally and personally, for 25 years now, though their exact relationship status has often been a bit nebulous.

This Week’s Dossier

After we see a young man spot his own double while driving drunk, it’s clear something weird is going on in a small rural Virginian community — confirmed by the fact that this is just one in a series of many other instances, where mysterious deaths are connected to the victims having seen their doubles beforehand. So it’s a good thing that Mulder and Scully, paranormal investigators, are on the case!

The partners figure out relatively quickly that at the core of the mystery are two very eccentric twins who like to play telepathic hangman
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IndieWire Announces Our First-Ever IndieWire Studio at Sundance

IndieWire is proud to announce the inaugural IndieWire Studio at Sundance, presented by Dropbox, on Park City’s Main Street. With daily video interviews at its exclusive studio, it will serve as a destination for scores of actors, directors, producers, screenwriters, composers and documentary subjects.

From from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, January 19 through Monday, January 22, IndieWire will sit down with approximately 100 entertainment luminaries at 625 Main Street. Among those scheduled are Aubrey Plaza (“An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn”),Chloë Grace Moretz (“The Miseducation Of Cameron Post”), Chloë Sevigny (“Lizzie”), Chris O’Dowd and Rose Byrne (“Juliet, Naked”), Daveed Diggs (“Blindspotting”), Elle Fanning, Peter Dinklage, and Reed Morano (“I Think We’re Alone Now”), Ethan Hawke (“Blaze” and “Juliet, Naked”), Idris Elba (“Yardie”), Gus Van Sant (“Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot”), Maggie Gyllenhaal (“The Kindergarten Teacher”), Joan Jett (“Bad Reputation”), Keira Knightley (“Colette
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Jean-Marc Barr and Mateo Gil Join Miami Film Festival 2018 Marquee Lineup

Miami Dade College’s (Mdc) Miami Film Festival (Mff) is importing film artists Jean-Marc Barr and Mateo Gil to accompany two Marquee events at the international festival’s upcoming 35th anniversary edition (March 9 – 18). The Miami Film Festival, under director Jaie Laplante, showcases Ibero-American cinema — and rising talent –and provides a North American launch pad for new international and documentary films.

In the last five years, the Festival has screened films from more than 60 countries, including 300 World, International, North American, U.S. and East Coast Premieres, and attracted more than 60,000 attendees, including 400 filmmakers and industry professionals.

The Festival’s Marquee series features screenings along with in-depth conversations with contemporary film personalities. Spanish filmmaker Mateo Gil will present the World premiere of his latest film, “The Laws of Thermodynamics” (“Las leyes de la termodinámica”), a romantic comedy starring Vito Sanz (“Maria (and the Others)”) as a Sciences graduate student who blames his disastrous
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“If You Want That Melodramatic Shaft of Light, You’d Better Mean It”: Dp Sam Levy on Shooting Lady Bird

There’s a tradition of young directors looking for inspiration in the bygone eras of their adolescence. For George Lucas in American Graffiti, it was the California car culture of the early ’60s. For Richard Linklater in Dazed and Confused, it was the Texas high school rituals of the ’70s. And for Greta Gerwig in Lady Bird, it’s Catholic school and the suburban doldrums of early-aughts Sacramento. Written and directed by Gerwig, Lady Bird follows the titular character (Saoirse Ronan) through her senior year of high school as she fights with her mom (Laurie Metcalf), pines for a philosophical dilettante from the […]
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‘Forever My Girl’ Is Mostly Perfect, Predictable Plane Viewing [Review]

For most of its running time, “Forever My Girl” is surprisingly inoffensive, the type of movie that you’d watch on a plane and not feel too embarrassed by – at least until it made you cry. (Pro tip: this is why you pick the window seat.) However, the country-fried romance written and directed by Bethany Ashton Wolf becomes a victim of self sabotage as it nears its (predictable) conclusion, removing any good will it created in its first half.

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No Poster is Better than an Amateur Poster: Five Takeaways from the Ifp Narrative Lab

My first feature film, Kids Go Free to Fun Fun Time, is a drama/romance that takes place in three different countries, showing how a couple’s relationship evolves over the course of a decade. I have been working on this film for longer than I’d like to admit. I had little luck getting the funding or support needed to get the film done, but then I got accepted into the Ifp Narrative Lab, and my world completely changed. To talk about everything I learned during the Ifp Narrative Lab would take about 40 pages, so I’m going to try and boil it […]
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‘The Path’ Review: Season 3 Makes Big, Bold Moves to Tackle Cults With More Relevancy Than Ever

‘The Path’ Review: Season 3 Makes Big, Bold Moves to Tackle Cults With More Relevancy Than Ever
As a family drama, “The Path” is very good. As an appraisal of belief, it’s extraordinary.

Jessica Goldberg’s Hulu drama — the streaming company’s inaugural hourlong series — has already been delivering nuanced relationship narratives for two seasons, primarily focusing on the central love triangle between Eddie Lane (Aaron Paul), Sarah Lane (Michelle Monaghan), and Cal Roberts (Hugh Dancy). In this realm alone, “The Path” has been consistently compelling. Dancy may not be getting the buzz he did for “Hannibal,” but he’s doing work of equal magnitude. Paul is so strong as an exasperated father, husband, and leader, while Monaghan confidently pushes Sarah from moments of the utmost fragility to places of fierce conviction.

How far Goldberg and her writing staff has taken each character is impressive (not to mention the rest of the cast), but the scope of “The Path” keeps widening beyond family, and in the
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Rian Johnson Talks Leia’s Big Moment & Key Ending Scenes Of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

**Spoilers Ahead**

Disappointed fans have been crying out “That’s not how the Force works!” in their various complaints about “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Certainly, one of the most contentious moments comes when Leia gets sucked into outer space, after First Order pilots shoot up the Resistance ship. As she slowly freezes to death, Leia summons herself back to her ship where’s she’s rescued in a sequence that’s fairly jaw-dropping.

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Jane Fonda: Activism Made This Year’s Golden Globes ‘The Best Ever,’ and Hollywood Has Hit a ‘Historic Turning Point’

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Jane Fonda: Activism Made This Year’s Golden Globes ‘The Best Ever,’ and Hollywood Has Hit a ‘Historic Turning Point’
Jane Fonda is still in awe of what happened last week at the Golden Globe Awards, as Hollywood focused on something more than just handing out kudos.

“I thought it was the best Golden Globes ever,” Fonda said of the focus on the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements. “It was glorious. One of the great things is all of the actresses involved have been conscious to the fact that we’ve got to reach out our arms to women in other sectors. Restaurant workers, hotel workers, farm workers. It’s really moving.”

Fonda spoke to Variety’s Cynthia Littleton on Wednesday at the Natpe convention about “Grace and Frankie,” aging in Hollywood and her busy schedule as an activist. The actress is no stranger to the issue of women’s equality and pay inequality — having even dealt with the issue as recent as 2015 with “Grace and Frankie,” when she
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Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot’ Casting Slammed as Offensive by Ruderman Disability Foundation

Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot’ Casting Slammed as Offensive by Ruderman Disability Foundation
Joaquin Phoenix’s latest role in Gus Van Sant’s “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot” finds him stepping into the real-life shoes of paraplegic cartoonist John Callahan, but not everyone is happy the director cast an able-bodied actor to play a disabled character. The Ruderman Family Foundation, a national leader in disability inclusion, has criticized the movie for the casting decision, saying it is “offensive to the disability community” and “overlooks the opportunity to cast actors with disabilities to play characters with disabilities.”

Read More:‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot’ First Trailer: Joaquin Phoenix and Gus Van Sant Reunite After 23 Years

“It was a mistake for director Gus Van Sant to cast Joaquin Phoenix in his upcoming biopic about disabled cartoonist John Callahan,” Jay Ruderman, President of the Ruderman Family Foundation, said in an official statement. “The time has come
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‘Britannia’ Trailer: ‘Game Of Thrones’ Goes Rock ‘n Roll

There’s going to be over 500 scripted TV shows on the dial this year, but we tried to whittle it down just just 50 for our Most Anticipated TV Shows Of 2018 feature. “Brittania” made the cut, and since “Game Of Thrones” is skipping a year before its final season in 2019, this could help fill the void.

David Morrissey, Kelly Reilly, Zoe Wanamaker, Ian McDiarmid and Mackenzie Crook star in the series that takes place in 43 Ad (very olden tymes), and centers on the Romans quest for power over the Celtics.

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Santa Barbara Film Festival Announces 2018 Slate, Will Open with Emilio Estevez’s ‘the public’

Despite the devastating mudslides that overwhelmed the Santa Barbara, California community of Montecito last week — resulting in at least 20 deaths and the destruction of 100-plus homes — the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (Sbiff) will go on as usual. A reason to celebrate is “needed now more than ever,” wrote Sbiff director Roger Durling in a letter soon to be shared with festival-goers. He continued, “It is an opportunity for people to gather – reflect – experience – feel – and process,” noting that cinema attendance was strong during the Great Depression.

Launched in 1986, this year’s Sbiff will include films from 58 countries. Numbered among its 45 world premieres is opening night film “the public,” the first feature written and directed by Emilio Estevez since 2010’s “The Way.” Set at a Cincinnati public library, the film follows its homeless and marginalized patrons during a dangerous cold spell. The cast includes Alec Baldwin, Jena Malone (“Neon Demon
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