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Terry Gilliam’s Long-Delayed ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ Acquired by Screen Media

Terry Gilliam’s Long-Delayed ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ Acquired by Screen Media
U.S. audiences will finally get the chance to see Terry Gilliam’s long-delayed film “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” a passion project that has taken the director nearly two decades to get to the screen.

Screen Media acquired the North American rights to “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” and, barring yet another unforeseen mishap, it is planning a March 2019 theatrical release in partnership with Fathom Events, the company announced Monday.

The film stars Jonathan Pryce as the title character alongside Adam Driver, Stellan Skarsgård, Olga Kurylenko and Jordi Mollà. Driver plays a frustrated filmmaker and disillusioned advertising executive who becomes pulled into a world of time-jumping fantasy when a Spanish cobbler (Pryce) who believes he is Don Quixote mistakes Toby for his trusted squire Sancho Panza. Pulled further into the cobbler’s world, Toby gradually becomes unable to tell his dreams from reality.

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Francis Lee To Direct Kate Winslet & Saoirse Ronan In Lesbian Lovers Drama ‘Ammonite’

Francis Lee To Direct Kate Winslet & Saoirse Ronan In Lesbian Lovers Drama ‘Ammonite’
Director Francis Lee’s gay drama love story “God’s Own Country” was easily one of the Best Films of 2017 You Didn’t See and so damn good it also made our list proper Best Films Of 2017 list. Lee’s incredible film, intimate, sparse and unsentimental, created a terrific, unvarnished look at masculine love, something of a nice anecdote to the won’t-show-dongs conservative take of “Call Me By Your Name,” released in the same year.

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‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Earns Hefty $54,000 Per Screen Average at Indie Box Office

‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Earns Hefty $54,000 Per Screen Average at Indie Box Office
Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” follow-up “If Beale Street Could Talk” arrived at the indie box office this weekend, earning $219,173 from its four screen-start for a per screen average of $54,793.

While it’s barely more than half of the $100,000 average made by “Moonlight” two years ago, it’s still a solid start from distributor Annapurna, which is looking for a major arthouse hit sollowing the departure of its film division head and the removal of two films from their release slate. Annapurna will expand “Beale Street” to 65 screens in time for Christmas a week from Tuesday, and will also release the Dick Cheney biopic “Vice” wide.

“If Beale Street Could Talk” is an adaptation of the James Baldwin novel of the same name and stars KiKi Layne and Stephan James as Tish and Fonny, a couple whose relationship is tested after Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit, putting
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‘Cold War’ Wins Big at the European Film Awards

‘Cold War’ Wins Big at the European Film Awards
Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War” has been named the best European film of 2018 at the European Film Awards, which were handed out on Saturday in Seville, Spain.

The decade-spanning drama, which was inspired by the stormy relationship between Pawlikowski’s parents, also won awards for its director, screenplay, lead actress (Joanna Kulig) and editor.

Marcello Fonte won the best-actor award for “Dogman,” which also took awards for its costume design and hair and makeup.

Also Read: 'Cold War' Film Review: Romance in Postwar Europe Is Ravishing and Haunted

Armando Iannucci’s “The Death of Stalin” was named the best European comedy, while “Bergman – A Year in a Life” won for documentary, and “Another Day of Life” won for animated film.

Four of the Best European Film Award nominees — “Border,” “Cold War,” “Dogman” and “Girl” — are the foreign-language Oscar entries from Sweden, Poland, Italy and Belgium, respectively. The fifth,
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Channing Dungey Joins Netflix, and Streaming Steals Another Broadcast Superstar

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Channing Dungey Joins Netflix, and Streaming Steals Another Broadcast Superstar
Add Channing Dungey to the list of former broadcast network and studio executives taking their experience, relationships, and programming skills to the streaming world. As rumored, the former ABC Entertainment president, who just wrapped up her nearly 15-year run at the network, has joined Netflix in a new role.

Dungey will join the platform in February as vice president of original content, reporting to Cindy Holland, Netflix’s longtime programming chief. Dungey’s arrival is another sign that as Netflix has rapidly expanded, so has its need for more executive oversight. Dungey will now work closely with Holland in overseeing a big portion of its slate — including, as noted in its press release, deals with Shonda Rhimes, Jenji Kohan, Kenya Barris, Steven DeKnight, Marti Noxon, and Higher Ground Prods.

“Channing is a creative force whose taste and talent have earned her the admiration of her peers across the industry. She
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Underage Girl Who Inspired Woody Allen’s ‘Manhattan’ Speaks Out For First Time About Sexual Relationship

A woman, who says she began dating Woody Allen while she was 16 and in high school, has come forward with her story of her time with the filmmaker and how she feels she’s the inspiration for one of Allen’s most famous films.

Christina Engelhardt was only 16 when she met a 41-year-old Allen, according to a new report from THR. She says that he never asked her age, but understood that she was in high school at the time they began what would be an 8 year intimate relationship, while she pursued a modeling career in Manhattan.

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‘Green Book’ Character’s Family Condemns Film’s ‘Hurtful’ Lies, Mahershala Ali Apologizes

‘Green Book’ Character’s Family Condemns Film’s ‘Hurtful’ Lies, Mahershala Ali Apologizes
Peter Farrelly’s “Green Book” has already been the subject of one controversy over its magical negro storyline, but the movie now finds itself at the center of another. Family members of pianist Dr. Donald W. Shirley, who is played in the film by Mahershala Ali, have criticized the film for what they say are narrative falsehoods. In an extensive interview with Shadow And Act, Dr. Shirley’s nephew, Edwin Shirley III, and brother, Maurice Shirley, call out the film for twisting truths and manipulating the friendship between Dr. Shirley and chauffeur Tony “Lip” Vallelonga, played by Viggo Mortensen.

“It was rather jarring,” Edwin told Shadow and Act about his first experience watching the movie. Edwin pointed to a plot point in the film which depicts Dr. Shirley as being estranged from his family. “That was very hurtful,” Edwin said. “That’s just 100% wrong.”

Maurice Shirley said he was “furious
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‘First Man’ Screenwriter Josh Singer on How ‘Human Tragedy Can Create the Impossible’

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‘First Man’ Screenwriter Josh Singer on How ‘Human Tragedy Can Create the Impossible’
First Man” isn’t quite living up to its presumed frontrunner status now that awards season is in full swing, but all is not lost. Damien Chazelle’s look at Neil Armstrong’s ascent was recently honored with Sffilm’s Sloan Science in Cinema Prize, which was created in partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and honors films that portray science and scientists in notable ways.

Screenwriter Josh Singer was recently joined after a screening by retired Nasa astronaut Steve Swanson and Jpl and Nasa scientist Dr. Leon Alkalai to discuss the film and the idea that, as the panel’s moderator put it, “human tragedy can really create the impossible.”

“There are so many chapters of his life you could focus on,” Singer said onstage, “and yet all I heard was about this daughter he had that he’d lost, that he then prayed for every day since
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Peter Jackson’s ‘Mortal Engines’ Could Lose Up To $150 Million After Terrible Box Office Debut

Lost in the madness that is Christmas movie season, Peter Jackson’s “Mortal Engines” seems to be the first major casualty of the holiday. The sci-fi/fantasy film, based on the popular novel series of the same name, debuted this past weekend and was set to be a major blockbuster to compete with the likes of “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “Aquaman,” “Mary Poppins Returns,” and “Bumblebee.” Instead, the film has cratered and will end up losing well over $100 million.

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32 Classic Movies to Watch Over the Holidays — IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday.

Now that 2018 is coming to an end and most critics have already filed their “best of the year” lists, we’ve decided to step away from new releases for a moment, and shift focus to older movies that members of our survey fell in love with for the first time this year.

This week’s question: What was the best “older” film — anything from the early silents to recent under-the-radar gems — that you discovered for the first time this year?

Carlos Aguilar (@Carlos_Film), The Wrap, MovieMaker Magazine, Remezcla

Late last year, I went to see Samuel Maoz’s “Foxtrot” and walked out a different person. The Israeli drama about a couple waiting on news of their soldier son had simultaneously devastated my psyche and shown me a refined and measured film
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‘Dial Code Santa Claus’ Trailer: Newly Restored ’80s French Christmas Film Is ‘Home Alone’ Meets ‘Rambo’

Released back in 1989, but seemingly lost in the fray, reduced to being available only on VHS bootlegs, “Dial Code Santa Claus,” aka “Game Over,” is a French film that is best described as “Home Alone” meets “Rambo” on Christmas Eve. And thanks to the folks at American Genre Film Archive, this lost cult-classic is restored and hitting select theaters just in time for the holiday.

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Three Faces of Evil: Top Scary Political Docs of 2018

If there was one theme that dominated the landscape on the doc fest circuit this year it was politics — and not just that of the Trump administration or the Kremlin (though those subjects were well represented). Filmmakers around the globe seemed to be in obsessive pursuit, trying to find some rational explanations for the irrational hell that’s been going on. Which means that as bad as the decline of western civilization might seem in our current time, there is one upside — it makes for some stunning cinematic art. So with that in mind I’d like to give a […]
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Three Faces of Evil: Top Scary Political Docs of 2018

If there was one theme that dominated the landscape on the doc fest circuit this year it was politics — and not just that of the Trump administration or the Kremlin (though those subjects were well represented). Filmmakers around the globe seemed to be in obsessive pursuit, trying to find some rational explanations for the irrational hell that’s been going on. Which means that as bad as the decline of western civilization might seem in our current time, there is one upside — it makes for some stunning cinematic art. So with that in mind I’d like to give a […]
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‘Aquaman’ Director James Wan Says He Was Offered ‘The Flash’ & Explains Why He Turned It Down

James Wan seems, on paper at least, an unlikely choice to helm a superhero film, let alone “Aquaman.” But after the success of “The Conjuring,” and films like “Saw” and “Insidious” before that, Wan was looking to take the leap into superhero films, but he wasn’t just considering “Aquaman.” There was another DC hero in the mix, as well.

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‘Adult Life Skills’ Trailer: ‘Doctor Who’ Star Jodie Whittaker Attempts To Grow Up & Stop Making Thumb Videos

Film fans have no doubt seen the premise of an adult living in their parents’ basement, unable to cope with the outside world and mature into a responsible human before. But this time, the story stars Jodie Whittaker, who makes little movies with her thumbs, and doesn’t live in her mom’s basement, instead choosing a shed in the backyard, in the film “Adult Life Skills.”

In the trailer for the film, we meet Anna, an adult living in her mom’s shed that is desperately trying to avoid life after the death of her brother.

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‘This One’s For the Ladies’ Trailer: ‘Magic Mike’ Has Nothing on These Strippers

“You want classy? We got classy. You want nasty? We got that too,” says one woman in the trailer for “This One’s for the Ladies.” “But we always ladies.” It’s as good a one-liner as any in a movie that is sure to deliver many more, as the trailer for this good time documentary clearly shows. The film premiered at the SXSW Film Festival earlier this year, where it was quickly snatched up by Neon for Super Ltd, a brand spanking new boutique division and incubator.

That’s not the only thing spanking about the new label — “The One’s for the Ladies” is sure to slap.

As the official synopsis details: “Every Thursday Night hundreds of women gather for a potluck celebration and the chance to throw singles at the hottest dancers in New Jersey, The Nasty Boyz — featuring Satan, Mr. Capable, Fever, Young Rider and lesbian ‘dom’ dancer Blaze.
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Nick Offerman Was Almost a Contestant on ‘Survivor’

Nick Offerman Was Almost a Contestant on ‘Survivor’
Nick Offerman is a man of nature. Known for his work beyond his acting career as a builder of high-quality, hand-crafted furniture, one would assume that he has the skill to best a number of opponents in a battle of outdoor wits.

On the most recent episode of the podcast “Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend,” Offerman and wife Megan Mullally delved into their deep love for the long-running CBS reality show “Survivor.” According to Offerman, he once got close to taking part in a season.

“It’s been discussed. We’ve sincerely looked at it in reality,” Offerman said.

“It was actually maybe going to happen and then he got an acting job,” Mullally added.

Of course, brute knowledge of outdoor survival skills isn’t enough to win a show like this. It requires a certain amount of psychological maneuvering which Offerman’s not 100% sure he has.

“I think it would be really fun.
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‘Vice’: Adam McKay Delivers A Blisteringly Angry & Funny Condemnation Of Dick Cheney [Review]

Unchecked anger may be toxic, but anger and more specifically exasperated indignation weaponized by a comedian can be such a gleefully lacerating weapon. Such is the razor-sharp instrument of choice that writer/director Adam McKay employs in “Vice,” his incendiary, hilarious and blistering examination and indictment of former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, who served under President George W. Bush in the 2000s. In McKay’s follow-up to Academy-Award nominated “The Big Short,” the director uses a similar unconventional approach and tactics: big performances, wicked satire, 4th-wall-breaking techniques, cheeky, paroxysmal editing (ace work by Hank Corwin), and a deep irreverence for the tropes of biopics which he puts cheerfully grinds through a shredder.

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‘Orange Is the New Black’ Star Yael Stone Accuses Geoffrey Rush of Sexual Misconduct, Exposing Himself

‘Orange Is the New Black’ Star Yael Stone Accuses Geoffrey Rush of Sexual Misconduct, Exposing Himself
Yael Stone, an Australian actress best known for her starring role on Netflix’s comedy-drama series “Orange Is the New Black,” has accused Geoffrey Rush of sexual harassment. In an interview with The New York Times, Stone alleges Rush acted inappropriately with her while they worked together on a 2010 production of “The Diary of a Madman” in Sydney, Australia. Stone has played convict Lorna Morello since the first season of “Orange Is the New Black.”

Stone told The Times that Rush’s inappropriate behavior included sending her sexually explicit text messages, exposing his penis to her in the dressing room, joining her uninvited as she took a nap backstage, using a mirror to watch her shower, and touching her in a “very sexual manner” at an awards show. Yael said, “There was no part of my brain considering speaking to anyone in any official capacity. This was a huge star.
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Study Finds Streaming Services Aren’t Hurting Theater Chains & Film Fans Just Love Watching Films

One of the biggest stories of 2018 is the war between theater exhibitors and streaming services, most notably Netflix. The idea is that Netflix is attempting to steal potential customers from the multiplex by showing top-tier films from some of the biggest names working today on its streaming service. However, a new study seems to refute that. And if anything, it shows that people will watch movies, no matter where they’re shown.

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