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Benedict Cumberbatch’s ‘Current War’ Gets Awards-Season Release

Benedict Cumberbatch’s ‘Current War’ Gets Awards-Season Release
David Glasser’s 101 Studios is positioning the long-shelved and revamped “The Current War,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon, for an awards-season release in October.

101 Studios announced Tuesday that the film would open in limited release on Oct. 4, then go wide on the following weekend. The film presents the story of the “war of the currents” between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse over which electrical system would power the modern world. Cumberbatch stars as Edison while Shannon portrays Westinghouse. Nicholas Hoult stars as Nikola Tesla.

The film, which premiered at the 2017 Toronto Film Festival, was to be distributed later that year by the Weinstein Company but was shelved following the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations. 101 Studios bought the North American rights several months ago from Lantern Entertainment, which handled the TWC assets.

The cast includes Katherine Waterston, Tuppence Middleton, Tom Holland and Matthew Macfadyen. Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon has added
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HBO Boss Expected ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Backlash, Shuts Down Potential Arya Sequel

HBO Boss Expected ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Backlash, Shuts Down Potential Arya Sequel
[Editor’s note: The following post contains spoilers for “Game of Thrones” Season 8]

HBO is gearing up to film the pilot this June for a potential “Game of Thrones” prequel series, starring Naomi Watts and overseen by Jane Goldman and George R.R. Martin, but one thing the network won’t be doing is continuing the story that wrapped up in the “Thrones” series finale. HBO programming president Casey Bloys confirms to Deadline there will be no direct sequel to “Thrones” airing on HBO, and that includes a potential Arya Stark sequel that fans have been buzzing about on social media.

“I understand where that comes from, I totally get it,” Bloys said about an Arya sequel. “But in terms of wanting to be careful not overdoing it or not killing the goose that lays the golden egg, Dan and David’s show as it stands in eight seasons, I want to leave it as it’s own work of
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‘Parasite’: Bong Joon-Ho Delivers A Demented, Uproarious Class-Conscious Satire [Cannes Review]

“Spoiler” has become a buzzword in recent months, a consequence of the fervent anticipation for pop-cultural events on screens big and small. However, it’s a whole other thing for a Korean cinema export to receive the same gag-order treatment, but this is Bong Joon-Ho’s request for “Parasite,” the second Competition appearance for the South Korean helmer at the Cannes Film Festival. Unsurprisingly, the family-driven comedic thriller isn’t something that lives or dies on precipitous revelations.

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‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker’ First Look: Details About The Knights Of Ren, Zori Bliss, Allegiant General Pryde & More

The “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” marketing has officially begun. Sure, we’re about seven months away from the film’s release, but we already have a trailer (released last month) and now a set visit that reveals even more details about the upcoming ‘Episode IX.’ And according to director J.J. Abrams, ‘Rise’ is very different than the eight previous films in the Skywalker Saga.

Vanity Fair did what it does best, with a deep dive into the new film, complete with beautiful pictures courtesy of famed photographer Annie Leibovitz.

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‘The Nightingale’ First Trailer: Jennifer Kent’s Brutal Revenge Tale Goes Into Heart of Darkness

‘The Nightingale’ First Trailer: Jennifer Kent’s Brutal Revenge Tale Goes Into Heart of Darkness
For her much-anticipated followup to her beloved “The Babadook,” filmmaker Jennifer Kent somehow managed to go even darker than her breakout horror hit, which follows a terrified mother and child going to battle with a be-hatted monster with some nefarious plans. Kent’s “The Nightingale” again centers on a mother, but this time around, Kent’s film focuses on one that has lost her child and is hellbent on avenging the violence that has consumed both of their lives.

Set during the colonization of Australia in 1825, the film follows breakout star Aisling Franciosi as Clare, a 21-year-old Irish convict who has just completed a seven-year sentence. Eager to be rid of an iron-gripped and horrifying master (Sam Claflin), who has spent the subsequent years abusing Clare in terrible ways, Clare and her husband Aidan (Michael Sheasby) attempt to break free. To say it doesn’t work and results in an
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‘The Nightingale’ Trailer: ‘Babadoook’ Director Jennifer Kent Returns To Deliver A Fearsome Revenge Thriller

When Jennifer Kent delivered the breakout 2014 horror film “The Babadook,” she gave us a bone-chilling exercise in fear. And not only did she take audiences aback with her family horror, but Kent also announced herself as an exciting new voice in the horror genre and one that all eyes are still on.

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Thankfully, she didn’t have to wait too long to make her follow-up feature.

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‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ to Feature Knights of Ren, Keri Russell and Richard E. Grant’s Roles Revealed

‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ to Feature Knights of Ren, Keri Russell and Richard E. Grant’s Roles Revealed
Now that “Avengers: Endgame” has dominated the box office around the world, the next massive Hollywood franchise ender to arrive in theaters is “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” Lucasfilm is touting the upcoming space adventure as the final installment in the Skywalker saga that George Lucas first started with the 1977 original, so it’s not surprising nearly everything about the film has been kept under lock and key. Fortunately, a sprawling new Vanity Fair cover story on “The Rise of Skywalker” lifts the curtain on a few mysterious details about the film.

Sources at Disney confirmed to Vanity Fair that the Knights of Ren will appear in “The Rise of Skywalker” after making their debut in “The Force Awakens.” A photo from the set shows director J.J. Abrams working with masked actors who are starring as the Knights of Ren. The scene appears to be shot in Jordan’s Wadi Rum desert,
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‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’: Neon and Hulu Buy Céline Sciamma’s Hot Cannes Title, Plan Full Awards Push

Hot off a widely well-received premiere this weekend — with IndieWire’s own David Ehrlich hailing it as “a painterly masterpiece” — Céline Sciamma’s “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” has locked down North American distribution, care of Neon and Hulu as part of their exclusive film and content output licensing agreement.

Neon will release the film this year, boasting a “traditional theatrical release” for the sumptuous period romance, and will also pursue an awards campaign in all categories. The boutique distributor reportedly beat out a number of other bidders, including both Sony Pictures Classics and Netflix.

In an official press release, Neon and Hulu brass shared, “From the moment we saw this beautiful and captivating love story, we knew we had to release this film. From Celine’s writing and directing, to the absolutely absorbing performances, we couldn’t be more excited for audiences to experience this sensationally moving piece
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‘Brightburn’ Review: Gruesome Superman Revisionist History Never Quite Takes Off

‘Brightburn’ Review: Gruesome Superman Revisionist History Never Quite Takes Off
In 2003, Mark Millar penned a three-issue series of “Superman” comic books that hinged on one big idea: what if baby Kal-El crash-landed not in the American heartland, but in Cold War era Ukraine? David Yarovesky’s “Brightburn” offers a similar twist on the superhero mythos, albeit one less refined and much, much ickier: what if Superman was a murderous asshole? Produced by James Gunn (who has done both actual superhero films and his own twisted “Super”) and written by two of his own brethren (brother Brian Gunn and cousin Mark Gunn), the film’s bent towards revisionist superhero history is certainly compelling, but stuck in the confines of the horror genre, it flames out far more than it flies.

The Gunns’ decision to riff on the Superman story is ambitious enough, and that’s to say nothing of how transparently they go out about it: the film opens on a sleepy Kansas farm,
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‘Aladdin’ Review: Will Smith Steals the Show in Guy Ritchie’s Unexpectedly Fun Remake

‘Aladdin’ Review: Will Smith Steals the Show in Guy Ritchie’s Unexpectedly Fun Remake
The most surprising part of Guy Ritchie’s “Aladdin” isn’t that it’s far better than a string of maligned trailers have let on, it’s that no one ever got the bright idea to rename the whole thing “Genie” and turn all of the film’s attention on Will Smith. While early looks at the film — especially scenes that focused on Smith turning on the bravado with a vibrant song-and-dance — were received badly enough that both Ritchie and Smith were asked to respond to the critical jabs, within the context of Ritchie’s warmly silly film, they work. They really, really work. That’s not to say that Ritchie’s live-action treatment of the beloved animated classic doesn’t have other elements to recommend it, but Smith puts on such an outsized performance that it’s easy for him to overshadow its smaller joys — and when Genie is
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‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Delivers a Mega Movie Star Bromance: Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt

‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Delivers a Mega Movie Star Bromance: Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt
Ascending the red carpet to the world premiere of Quentin Tarantino’s elegiac 1969 portrait of Los Angeles, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio looked like movie stars. That’s a commodity in short supply these days: stars who can open movies because fans want to see them.

At the film’s after-party on the roof of the Marriott Hotel, Brad Pitt admitted that he was seeing Quentin Tarantino’s movie for the first time. “The reaction was amazing,” he said. And Leonardo DiCaprio told me the film was Tarantino’s “homage to cinema, to the unrecognized people on the sidelines.”

There’s going to plenty of material for the eventual DVD extras, it seems, as Pitt and DiCaprio watched a movie that was missing some of their scenes, several of which Tarantino alluded to in the press conference on Wednesday, including a recreation of “The Great Escape” starring Dalton.
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‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’: Brad Pitt Wants To Work With Leonardo DiCaprio Again [Cannes]

Cannes – Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” had a paparazzi-worthy reception last night with many highlighting it as his best film since “Kill Bill.” After a night of celebrating, Tarantino was joined by his stars Margot Robbie, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt for the official Cannes press conference. And it’s not every day you have two of the world’s biggest movie stars sitting on a dais together.

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Cannes Correspondences #8: Tarantino's Hollywood Elegy and Bdsm Mourning

The Notebook is covering Cannes with an on-going correspondence between critic Leonardo Goi and editor Daniel Kasman.Once Upon a Time... in HollywoodDear Danny, In an interview with Esquire ahead of the world premiere of Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino said something I kept going back to all throughout his latest feature and Palme d’Or contender. “I think of it like my memory piece. Alfonso [Cuarón] had Roma and Mexico City, 1970. I had L. A. and 1969. This is me. (…) And this is my love letter to L.A.” Yesterday, May 21, Cannes woke up to Tarantino’s day. I’d been told there would be days like this, days when the buzz around the Palais du Cinema felt stronger, and the press room would empty out earlier than usual, with critics and festival-goers queuing and fighting for a spot in what was trumpeted as the film of the
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‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’: Quentin Tarantino Says He Did Not Consult With Roman Polanski

‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’: Quentin Tarantino Says He Did Not Consult With Roman Polanski
After debuting his star-studded “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” during a glittering Tuesday night premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, filmmaker Quentin Tarantino saddled up for the next stop on the film festival circuit: a packed press conference on Wednesday morning. Joined by stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie, press jostled to ask questions, including one that has been nagging at fans and journalists alike since the reveal that Tarantino’s latest film would include Robbie starring as Sharon Tate in the days leading up to her 1969 murder at the hands of Charles Manson’s cult.

Did Tarantino consult with fellow filmmaker Roman Polanski on the scenes involving Tate, Polanski’s second wife who was pregnant with their child at the time of her murder? Tarantino, for once, was succinct: “No, I didn’t.”

Asked about his wider relationship with Polanski, who has been living in Europe
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Werner Herzog’s Strangest Movie in Years Is Japanese Drama ‘Family Romance, LLC’ — Cannes

Werner Herzog’s Strangest Movie in Years Is Japanese Drama ‘Family Romance, LLC’ — Cannes
For most of his career, Werner Herzog has oscillated between narrative and documentary features, injecting his idiosyncratic worldview into both of them. With the odd microbudget “Family Romance, LLC,” he brings those two modes together for his strangest movie of the decade, and that’s saying something for a guy whose 3D documentary on cave paintings ended with albino alligators.

A scrappy drama shot on the fly during a stopover in Japan, Herzog’s minor-key story revolves around Japan’s bizarre rent-a-family business, a concept so Herzogian it’s a wonder the filmmaker didn’t dream it up on his own. While the movie’s rough production values and meandering plot never quite gel, “Family Romance, LLC” is a fascinating convergence of filmmaker and subject, providing the rare opportunity for Herzog to bury his observations in the material at hand.

To some degree, however, the movie is a hybrid narrative
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Kristen Wiig and Reed Morano Pull Projects From Georgia in Wake of Anti-Abortion Law

Hollywood projects are continuing their slow exodus in the wake of Georgia governor Brian Kemp signing the so-called “heartbeat” anti-abortion bill earlier this month. Next up: Time reports that both Emmy-winning director Reed Morano and comedian and writer Kristen Wiig have pulled upcoming projects from filming in the state. Though Republican Kemp signed the bill into law earlier this month, the “heartbeat” bill, which outlaws nearly all abortions in the state, will not go into effect until next year.

In the meantime, a number of Hollywood heavy-hitters have voiced their displeasure with the law, and creators like Morano and Wiig appear to be leading a slow-building charge to leave the state entirely. Georgia has an uncapped tax incentive for film productions, hence its popularity as a filming location. Among the many movies and TV shows to film there recently are“Avengers: Infinity War,” “Ozark,” “The Walking Dead,” and the upcoming “Bad Boys” and “Jumanji” sequels.
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Quentin Tarantino’s Spoiler Warning for ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Was a Very Bad Idea — Analysis

Quentin Tarantino’s Spoiler Warning for ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Was a Very Bad Idea — Analysis
Many filmmakers view themselves in opposition to the dialogue around their work, and often grow paranoid once it takes on a life of its own. For years, Quentin Tarantino has been a welcome contrast: A restless cinephile who values the discourse surrounding movies, he advocates for the process of engaging with the art form as much as creating it. By running a movie theater in Los Angeles and presenting restorations around the world, Tarantino may be one of the most famous film educators ever. In interviews, he has said that he would have been a film critic if filmmaking hadn’t found him first. This guy gets it.

But then came the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, the imminent premiere of Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” and a curious edict. Ahead of the 1969-set epic, in which Leonardo DiCaprio plays a fading movie star and Brad Pitt his devout ex-stuntman,
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Video Essay. Anaphora: Gus Van Sant's "Paranoid Park"

Anaphora is an on-going series of video essays exploring the neglected films by major directors. Gus Van Sant's Paranoid Park (2007) is showing May 17–June 15, 2019 on Mubi in the United States, United Kingdom, and Ireland as part of the series Cannes Takeover.Gus Van Sant can be a difficult director for which to wave the flag at present. You just never know if he’ll be making a pleasant if weightless drama designed to play endlessly on cable channels in need of harmless programming or if he’s going to make the single most haunting film you’ll see in a given year. After almost a decade of not-quites and outright critical disasters, he made Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far On Foot, which looked like a run-of-the-mill inspirational movie but in fact contained some of his most engaged and empathetic filmmaking to date, housed a murderer’s
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IndieWire’s Consider This Fyc Spotlight: Why the Hilarious ‘The Other Two’ Eschews Politics

The cast and crew of Comedy Central’s hilarious new series “The Other Two” sat down at IndieWire’s Consider This Fyc Brunch event on Tuesday in Hollywood to discuss the showbiz satire. On the panel moderated by IndieWire TV Awards Editor Libby Hill were creators Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider and cast members Drew Tarver, Heléne Yorke, Ken Marino, and Case Walker.

In the series, Cary and Brooke are two adult siblings struggling to make it in showbiz when their 13-year-old younger brother Chase Dreams (Case Walker) becomes an overnight pop star with his viral hit, “Marry U at Recess.” Molly Shannon plays eager showbiz mom Pat, alongside ineffectual manager Streeter (Ken Marino), and PR guru Shuli (Wanda Sykes).

Check out Schneider’s description of the series:

Kelly and Schneider are former “Saturday Night Live” writers who were developing “The Other Two” during their final season on the sketch comedy series.
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Cannes Correspondences #3: When Push Comes to Shove

The Notebook is covering Cannes with an on-going correspondence between critic Leonardo Goi and editor Daniel Kasman.BacarauDear Leo,Something is definitely in the air at Cannes this year. As is already seen in the competition across three different kinds of films, Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die (droll zombie comedy), Ladj Ly’s Les misérables (social realist policier), and Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles’s Bacurau (a rural siege film), the early days of the festival have been suffuse with an atmosphere of acrid anger and desperation. Jarmusch only partially disguises his grim state-of-the-union pessimism in the rumpled costume of mordant humor and deadpan reactions to the appearance of the living dead. The Dead Don't Die's purposefully stilted airlessness hovers between ironic pastiche and normalcy, like some of the unsettlingly blasé moments of Twin Peaks: The Return. The film feels like being in quicksand, the
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