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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Russian Nature Documentary ‘Aquarela’

Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Russian Nature Documentary ‘Aquarela’
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American rights from Participant Media to “Aquarela,” a Russian nature documentary that premiered at the Venice International Film Festival.

Spc also picked up all rights in Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Scandinavia, South Africa, and India to the film and with plans for a 2019 release.

Russian director Victor Kossakovsky’s film looks at the transformative beauty and raw power of water. Water itself is the main character in the film, with Kossakovsky traveling between Russia’s Lake Baikal to Angels Falls in Venezuela and Miami during Hurricane Irma.

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The film is also shot at a rare 96 frames-per-second as a means of capturing water’s force and visceral feeling in striking visual detail.

“For me, ‘Aquarela’ represents a personal journey that encapsulates every possible emotion – from joy and ecstasy to angst and awe – providing a
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Amazon and IMDb Are Closing Withoutabox Film Festival Submission Service

More than 17 years after first launching the game-changing festival submission service, Withoutbox announced today that it will be phasing out its services over the next year. Submission services will be disabled starting September 16, 2019, and access to Withoutabox will be disabled on October 30, 2019.

“We are working with current film festival customers to fulfill Withoutabox’s commitments through October 30, 2019 and are working with filmmakers to ensure their submissions are properly processed in this transition phase,” wrote a spokesperson for Withoutabox. “We are grateful to all the filmmakers who have shared their stories through Withoutabox and the film festivals who have discovered talented artists around the world using our service.”

In 2000 Withoutabox changed the way filmmakers applied to film festivals by creating a service where it was easier to find and apply to festivals – a one-stop site which had all the information and eligibility requirements for virtually all festivals and offered a streamlined
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Marvel Pulls Another Netflix Plug: ‘Luke Cage’ Canceled & There Won’t Be Season 3

Should we expect word about “Jessica Jones” next week? It’s heroes for hire indeed. One week after Danny Rand was forced to hit the unemployment line as “Iron Fist” was canceled just weeks after season two premiered, Netflix and Marvel have also agreed to pull the plug on yet another show. Yep, “Luke Cage” has been deep-sixed following its season two run and won’t be returning for a third.

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‘New Fox’ Surprise: Here’s Why Recruiting AMC’s Charlie Collier to Run the Fox Network Makes Sense

New Fox has its new network leader, and it’s a bit of a surprise: Charlie Collier, who most recently served as president and general manager of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios, is switching gears to take over the Fox Broadcasting network.

The appointment of Collier as Fox’s entertainment chief executive officer surprised the industry — even some internal Fox staffers, who had expected to see Gary Newman oversee the network’s transition into a standalone entity once 21st Century Fox’s merger with The Walt Disney Company was complete. Newman has been atop the Fox network as Fox TV Group chairman with Dana Walden since 2014, and has run 20th Century Fox TV with Walden since 1999. The exec had been a part of 21st Century Fox and its predecessor News Corp. for more than two decades, but he’ll now depart by the end of the year when the merger is completed.
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The Man Who Kept Yugoslav Independent Cinema Going

Litany of Happy People. Courtesy of Karpo Godina.Director of photography, screenwriter, film director and also editor, Karpo Godina is the humanist cogwheel that for over fifty years has kept the anomalous machine of (post-)Yugoslav independent cinema going, in directions none has ever been able to predict. Creative exuberance and insolence have constituted the essence of a regional production still criminally underrated, not least because underground directors in Yugoslavia were among the very few to be censored on both sides of the Iron Curtain. Though less prominent than filmmakers like Dušan Makavejev or Želimir Žilnik, Karpo Godina has intersected and nourished the cinema of his colleagues in an ongoing testament to his artistic generosity, uncompromising vision and anti-authorial vocation. Films like Žilnik’s Early Works (1969) would not be the same without his photography, which forever captured the visionary lights of the Yugoslavian ‘Black Wave.’ A small retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art,
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‘Wanderlust’ Review: Toni Collette’s Dominance of 2018 Continues in a Smart Netflix Series That’s Honest About Sex

‘Wanderlust’ Review: Toni Collette’s Dominance of 2018 Continues in a Smart Netflix Series That’s Honest About Sex
Toni Collette is having an extraordinary year. The “Sixth Sense” and “United States of Tara” star is garnering well-deserved awards buzz for her “Hereditary” performance, and just as Oscar season ramps up, here comes another powerful reminder of her acting prowess. “Wanderlust” is a Netflix and BBC co-production that has nothing to do with David Wain’s 2012 film of the same name that starred Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd, and Justin Theroux, though this six-part drama series also studies an onscreen couple who’s looking to keep their relationship afloat.

Equal parts empathetic and searing, creator Nick Payne treats his characters honestly and, in turn, crafts a first season both heartening and tragic. Collette is its center, guiding the ship through turbulent emotional seas with assurance. There’s plenty to admire about “Wanderlust,” but it easily could have drifted into the vast unknown of Netflix’s content ocean without her precise,
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‘A Star Is Born’ Soundtrack: Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper Release Music Video for ‘I’ll Never Love Again’ — Watch

‘A Star Is Born’ Soundtrack: Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper Release Music Video for ‘I’ll Never Love Again’ — Watch
If life feels empty now that you’ve finally seen “A Star Is Born” and you no longer know what to look forward to, fret not: Lady Gaga has announced the music video for “I’ll Never Love Again.” The singer-turned-actress tweeted a link to said video, which accompanies one of the film’s many original numbers, earlier today; like the instant-hit “Shallow,” it’s a duet with her co-star and director Bradley Cooper.

The soundtrack has proven enormously successful, which is unsurprising given Lady Gaga’s immense popularity and the warm reception with which the film itself has been met. It’s also notable given Warner Bros. and Interscope’s close-to-the-vest approach to actually making the music available: “Shallow” wasn’t officially released until a week before “A Star Is Born” hit theaters (and months after its appearance in the film’s trailer made it an earworm), and the
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From Judi Dench to Taylor Swift, Here’s Every A-Lister Tom Hooper Has Herded Like Cats Into Doing ‘Cats’

From Judi Dench to Taylor Swift, Here’s Every A-Lister Tom Hooper Has Herded Like Cats Into Doing ‘Cats’
It seems every day, some bigger and more exciting talent joins “Cats,” Tom Hooper’s forthcoming screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical. Based on T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” the musical is the fourth longest-running show in Broadway history, and the sixth longest-running West End show. Hooper directed the “The King’s Speech,” which won best Picture at the 84th Academy Awards, as well as 2012’s “Les Misérables” adaptation. With help from “Billy Elliot” screenwriter Lee Hall, Hooper will attempt to bring “Cats” to the screen.

Here is a breakdown of the A-list talent already signed onto the project, and a look at their musical theater backgrounds and singing chops.

Jennifer Hudson, Grizabella

Although Hudson’s “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” didn’t quite reach the hair-raising heights of Jennifer Holliday’s, the original Effie White in “Dreamgirls,
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‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Co-Creator Aline Brosh McKenna Picks TV’s Best Pilots — Turn It On Podcast

‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Co-Creator Aline Brosh McKenna Picks TV’s Best Pilots — Turn It On Podcast
Aline Brosh McKenna has always been a fan of the television pilot. First episodes are tricky, as they have to introduce characters and plot while servicing enough of a story to hook network executives — to pick up the series — and then audiences, to come along for the ride.

“I am really interested as a writer in how you lay out your story and how little you can use to do that,” the “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” co-creator told IndieWire’s Turn It On podcast. “A lot of the signature moments in a series happen in the pilot. I definitely am attracted to well-made pilot because it’s also the on-ramp. And I know in our show, the pilot is something we went back to frequently to say, ‘This is where we set the language of the show.'”

McKenna cites the pilots for Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner’s “Girls” and Vince Gilligan
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Matthew Broderick To Be Jackie’s Love Interest on ‘The Conners’ – Also Joining Pamela Adlon’s ‘Better Things’ and Zombie Show ‘Daybreak’

Matthew Broderick To Be Jackie’s Love Interest on ‘The Conners’ – Also Joining Pamela Adlon’s ‘Better Things’ and Zombie Show ‘Daybreak’
Fans of seeing Matthew Broderick on a TV screen, today you’ve presumably been waiting for.

Word came Friday that the actor would have not one but three fresh new roles in the coming year, all on shows with distinct comedic flavors. Perhaps most notably is an upcoming recurring part on Pamela Adlon’s FX series “Better Things.” For those more inclined to broadcast comedies, he’ll be one of the actors filling the Roseanne void on the newly unveiled “The Conners,” where he’ll play alongside fellow Broadway vet Laurie Metcalf as Jackie’s new fling. His first episode, a Halloween-themed one, is slated to air at the end of this month.

Broderick will also be going back to school for the upcoming Netflix series “Daybreak.” The show (which you may have been hearing about from writer Ira Madison III’s Twitter feed) follows a group of teenagers navigating their way through Glendale,
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Bryan Cranston Shares His Two Rules for Starring in a Superhero Blockbuster

Bryan Cranston Shares His Two Rules for Starring in a Superhero Blockbuster
Bryan Cranston has yet to join a comic book blockbuster, but he’s not entirely opposed to the idea. The actor recently told Screen Geek that he has long considered playing the X-Men mutant Mister Sinister should the Fox-owned Marvel franchise ever introduce the character. Cranston said Mister Sinister checks off the two boxes he requires in order to sign on for a superhero film.

“I want to play an antagonist a fraction smarter than the protagonist, never dumbed down to give the hero an easy win,” Cranston said. “That’s frustrating and boring to watch.”

As for the second stipulation, requirement: “I don’t want to do a character that has been done several times before. I don’t want to be compared like, ‘Well, his Commissioner Gordon was yada yada yada.’ I don’t want to do that. I want to take something that hasn’t been done.
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The ‘Halloween’ Mask Designer Reimagined Michael Myers’ Look: What Changed?

The ‘Halloween’ Mask Designer Reimagined Michael Myers’ Look: What Changed?
You don’t know Michael Myers’ face, but you know his mask. It hasn’t changed much since we were first introduced to the slasher in the original “Halloween,” but that doesn’t mean Christopher Nelson didn’t want to put his own spin on it in David Gordon Green’s new take on John Carpenter’s enduring franchise. The makeup artist and hairstylist, who won an Oscar for his work on “Suicide Squad,” had a simple reaction to the news that “The Shape” was returning: “I have to do it.” So how did Michael Myers’ mask change in the new “Halloween”?

In a new interview with Vulture about his work on the film, which opens today, Nelson says he told producer Ryan Turek, “You have to hire me. You have to get me in touch with whoever I have to talk to. I’ll do it for nothing. I just have to do ‘Halloween.
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Jennifer Garner & David Tennant Talk New HBO Series ‘Camping’ & Why There Won’t Be A Season 2 [Interview]

Leave it to Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner to make you never want to go camping again. The “Girls” creators’ new HBO show, “Camping,” adapted from Julia Davis‘s eponymous British series, boasts an impressive ensemble including Jennifer Garner, David Tennant, Juliette Lewis, Ione Skye, Brett Gelman, and Bridget Everett.

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Super Deluxe to be Shut Down as Part of Warner-at&T Merger

The latest fallout in the aftermath of the At&T-Time Warner merger is the shuttering of Super Deluxe, the multi-platform digital venture that had been a part of the Turner Entertainment family since 2015.

Citing the company’s achievements over those three years, a WarnerMedia statement outlined reasons for ending its production. “There are now massive changes in the social and mobile-first ecosystem and duplication with other business units in our new WarnerMedia portfolio. Super Deluxe found inspiring ways of connecting with a new generation and many of their best practices will be adopted by other Turner properties as we redirect this investment back into our portfolio,” the statement read.

Super Deluxe had made headway in various corners of the entertainment world, offering up digital series like Dean Fleischer-Camp’s “David” (starring Nathan Fielder) and Sarah Ramos’ “City Girl,” which made IndieWire’s list of the Best Web Series of 2017. Earlier this year,
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Bryan Cranston Explains His Rules For Starring In Superhero Films & Why He Almost Played An ‘X-Men’ Villain

People said he’d be a great Lex Luthor. Others wanted him to be an McU villain. But apparently, the closest Bryan Cranston has come to a superhero film was as Mister Sinister in the maybe-on-day-it-will-come-out “X-Men” spin-off film “The New Mutants.” And according to Cranston, the reason that he was in talks for that role was that he has very specific rules about which superhero roles he’ll take.

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Long, Lost ‘Empire Strikes Back’ Behind-The-Scenes Documentary Resurfaces After Almost 40 Years

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.

The behind-the-scenes stories surrounding the original “Star Wars” trilogy are fairly well-known. Throughout the decades, books, videos, interviews, and so much more have been released detailing every nook and cranny of the creation of the three legendary sci-fi/fantasy films.

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‘A Star Is Born’: The Songwriter Behind ‘Why Did You Do That?’ Weighs In on Lady Gaga’s Polarizing Pop Song

‘A Star Is Born’: The Songwriter Behind ‘Why Did You Do That?’ Weighs In on Lady Gaga’s Polarizing Pop Song
Ask anyone about the most polarizing song on the “A Star Is Born” original soundtrack and you’re bound to hear the same track listed over and over again: “Why Did You Do That?” The divisive song is performed by Lady Gaga’s Ally during her appearance on “Saturday Night Live,” and marks the character’s transition from singer-songwriter to full-blown pop star. The song’s narrative purpose in the film has become a point of contention, while the track’s opening line, “Why’d you come around here with an ass like that?,” has made it something of an instant classic.

“It’s getting a life of its own!” songwriter Diane Warren told The New York Times about the track, which she co-write with Gaga and others. “I have to take guilty credit for that [opening line]. I remember when we were working on it, I said, ‘Can we say that?
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‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’: How They Recreated an Analog Pre-Amazon Literary World for Melissa McCarthy’s Forger

‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’:  How They Recreated an Analog Pre-Amazon Literary World for Melissa McCarthy’s Forger
Two analog New Yorks collide in Marielle Heller’s “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” the true-life story of biographer-turned forger Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy): the gritty, AIDS-inflicted urban life of the early ’90s, and the alluring, untouched literary culture of a bygone era inhabited by quaint bookstores, dive bars, and studio apartments.

For production designer Stephen Carter (“Birdman”), there was plenty of detective work and devoted recreation, spanning the Upper West Side and Greenwich Village, as well as Manhattan’s Westside, where Israel resided.

“We wanted it to all have the feel of a nostalgia piece,” Carter said. “But, for Lee, there’s contemporary 1991, and there’s the world she wishes she had been born into, which would’ve been probably somewhere between ’25 and ’65, when many of her icons [Dorothy Parker, Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead] were still around. But this sense of mid-century classicism that we wanted to allude
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‘Black Monday’ Trailer: Don Cheadle’s New Series Presents A Wild Look At The Worst Day In Wall Street History

What do you get when you combine the style and humor of Seth Rogen and Adam Goldberg, the acting chops of Don Cheadle, and the worst stock market crash in the history of Wall Street? You get what looks like a pretty damn good Showtime series, titled “Black Monday.”

In the first trailer for the series, Don Cheadle stars as a rising star on Wall Street in the mid-‘80s that is all about showboating.

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Asian World Film Festival Showcases 14 Foreign-Language Oscar Contenders

One of the goals of the Fourth Annual Asian World Film Festival (October 24 to November 1) is to showcase awards titles at the Arclight Cinemas in Culver City. This year, 14 Oscar and 7 Golden Globes submissions are included in the program.

The festival invites all films chosen by their countries as Oscar or Golden Globe Foreign Film submissions to be part of the selection. One of the festival’s sponsors, The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), recognizes selected showings as the required official screenings for their members who vote on the Golden Globes.

The competition, to be judged by a jury led by actress-producer Vivian Wu, includes Oscar titles “Sobibor” (Russia), “Cake” (Pakistan), “Buffalo Boys” (Singapore), “Namme” (Georgia), “Ghost Hunting” (Palestine), “The Signal Rock” (Philippines), “The Journey” (Iraq), “No Date, No Signature” (Iran), “Operation Red Sea” (Hong Kong), “Village Rockstars” (India), and “Panchayat” (Nepal). Out-of-competition titles are Cannes entry “Burning” (South Korea
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