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Vanessa Paradis’ Drama ‘Knife + Heart’ Bought for U.S. (Exclusive)

Vanessa Paradis’ Drama ‘Knife + Heart’ Bought for U.S. (Exclusive)
Altered Innocence has picked up U.S. rights to Yann Gonzalez’s second feature film “Knife+Heart,” starring Vanessa Paradis.

The drama debuted in official competition at the Cannes Film Festival and makes its North American premiere at Fantastic Fest this week. Paradis portrays a ’70s gay porn producer whose productions are stalked by a masked killer.

Altered Innocence plans a theatrical release for early 2019. This marks the second Gonzalez film to be distributed by Altered Innocence following the Queer Palm winning short film “Islands.”

The deal was negotiated between Frank Jaffe from Altered Innocence, and Kinology CEO Grégoire Melin. Jaffe said, “Yann Gonzalez is without a doubt one of the most exciting filmmakers working today. I’m incredibly excited to continue to bring his unique, impassioned form of cinema to U.S. audiences. ‘Knife+Heart’ has the perfect blend of retro slasher sensibilities, queer romantic dynamics, and an incredible
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‘Better Call Saul’ Review: The Con is On In the Scattered But Terrifying ‘Coushatta’

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‘Better Call Saul’ Review: The Con is On In the Scattered But Terrifying ‘Coushatta’
[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for “Better Call Saul” Season 4, Episode 8, “Coushatta.”]

Case Summary

Teased at the end of last week’s episode, Kim’s plan to keep Huell out of jail unfolds over the course of the hour, a brilliant multi-pronged strategy that overwhelms the District Attorney’s office with evidence that a previously convicted pickpocket is the pride and joy of small town Coushatta, Louisiana. Not only does Jimmy make a cross-country trek to create the illusion of a “Miracle on 34th Street”-esque letter-writing campaign, but his vast store of burner phones allow for his crack team of New Mexico university student helpers to assist in selling Huell as a beloved figure of the town.

The outside pressure and Jimmy’s talent for theatrics get Huell off the hook, but while Jimmy knows all too well what a huge risk they took, Kim is on fire, and Mesa Verde or pro bono work isn’t satisfying her anymore.
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‘Game of Thrones’: Thanks to HBO, You Can Visit Westeros on Your Next Vacation

HBO announced Monday an ambitious plan to turn mutiple “Game of Thrones” filming locations in Northern Ireland into tourist attractions beginning in 2019. The popular fantasy series will soon wrap production after a decade of filming in the region, and soon fans will be able to visit the detailed sets that brought Westeros to life. Launching under the name of “Game of Thrones” Legacy Experiences, each intricate sets will also feature exhibitions of props, costumes, weapons, set decorations, models, and other production materials.

“HBO is thrilled to celebrate the work of the ‘Game of Thrones’ creative team and crew by preserving these locations and inviting fans to visit Northern Ireland and explore Westeros in person,” said HBO Vice President of Licensing and Retail Jeff Peters. “The opportunity to celebrate Northern Ireland’s pivotal role in the life and legacy of the show and share its culture, beauty and warmth is also
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‘Room For Rent’ Exclusive Trailer: Brett Gelman Is The World’s Creepiest Roommate In This New Comedy

Comedian Brett Gelman is one of those actors that you’ve seen in a million different films and TV shows, who always seems to steal every scene he’s in, but has yet to break out in a big, deserving way. He has this ability to play the funniest guy in the room and instantly change into dramatic and intense. You can see it in his work in the underrated “Love” on Netflix or “Fleabag.” And in his new film, “Room for Rent,” he again straddles that line between creepy and hilarious.

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Jim Carrey Slams ‘Entitled Little Shits’ Like Brett Kavanaugh, Says Colleges Care More About Donors Than Rape Victims

Jim Carrey Slams ‘Entitled Little Shits’ Like Brett Kavanaugh, Says Colleges Care More About Donors Than Rape Victims
Jim Carrey isn’t mincing words when it comes to Brett Kavanaugh. The actor ripped into the Supreme Court Justice nominee with the release of his latest painting, which includes a caption that refers to Kavanaugh as an “entitled little shit.” Two women have come forward accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. Deborah Ramirez told The New Yorker Kavanaugh exposed himself to her while in college at Yale, which Carrey used as the basis to criticize universities at large.

“Colleges care more about donors than the victims of on-campus rape,” Carrey wrote in the caption. “That’s why women don’t report it and why Entitled Little Shits like Injustice Kavanaugh get to party and pillage their way to the Supreme Court.I’d like to suggest a new uniform for the highest court in the land.”

Kavanaugh’s nomination to join the Supreme Court has caused extreme backlash, not only
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Mel Gibson to Remake Sam Peckinpah’s ‘The Wild Bunch’ for Warner Bros., His First Directing Gig Since ‘Hacksaw Ridge’

Mel Gibson to Remake Sam Peckinpah’s ‘The Wild Bunch’ for Warner Bros., His First Directing Gig Since ‘Hacksaw Ridge’
Mel Gibson is set to direct and co-write a remake of “The Wild Bunch,” the legendary 1969 Western originally directed by Sam Peckinpah. Gibson will handle screenplay duties with Bryan Bagby and also executive produce the film, which is set up at Warner Bros.

The Wild Bunch” follows a group of outlaws trying to carry out one last big score. The original film had starred an ensemble cast made up of William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O’Brien, Warren Oates, Jaime Sanchez, and Ben Johnson. According to Deadline, Warner Bros. has been trying to remake Peckinpah’s film for years. Will Smith was once set to star in a remake.

Gibson’s directorial career made a comeback in 2016 with the release of his World War II drama “Hacksaw Ridge.” The movie earned six Oscar nominations, including best picture and best director. Gibson was one of the names Warner Bros.
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Mel Gibson To Co-Write & Direct A Remake Of Sam Peckinpah Classic ‘The Wild Bunch’

Mel Gibson To Co-Write & Direct A Remake Of Sam Peckinpah Classic ‘The Wild Bunch’
It appears that Mel Gibson is starting to get a pretty damn full schedule over the next couple years. In addition to helming a new World War II film and starring alongside Colin Farrell in another film, Gibson has his eyes set to the future. And according to Deadline, his future now includes co-writing and directing a remake of the classic Western, “The Wild Bunch.”

The report states that Gibson is combining forces with Bryan Bagby to pen the new script, and will eventually go behind the camera as the film’s director.

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Robert Redford’s 13 Best Movie Performances — IndieWire Critics Survey

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

This week’s question: In honor of “The Old Man & the Gun” and its leading man’s supposed retirement from acting, what is Robert Redford’s greatest screen performance?

Matthew Zoller Seitz (@MattZollerSeitz), RogerEbert.com



All is Lost” is in some ways the perfect Redford performance, because he’s the only character, and that means he never has to share the screen with anyone for any reason. I know that sounds ungenerous, but as much as I’ve enjoyed a lot of the movies Redford has done over the years, it’s always bugged me that he often seemed more concerned with looking great and being in control and always getting the upper hand than in plumbing the depths of his psyche, and stretching his talent, as so many comparably famous ’70s leading men did.
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Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn Spin-Off ‘Birds Of Prey’ Officially Receives A 2020 Release Date

As far as the future of DC Films, we know we’re getting “Aquaman” later this year and “Shazam!” early 2019. However, past that, there’s not much that’s officially confirmed. Todd Phillips (and various other set photos) shows us that believe it or not, Joaquin Phoenix is really going to make ‘Joker.’ And now, we know for sure that Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn is coming back in “Birds of Prey,” as the film finds itself an interesting release date.

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Diane Nelson, Former DC President, Deletes Twitter After ‘Joker’ Praise Leads to Harassment From Dceu Fans

Former DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson has exited Twitter following online harassment from fans of the DC Extended Universe, Entertainment Weekly reports. Nelson, who ran DC Entertainment from 2009 to 2018, started receiving criticisms from Dceu supporters after sending out a positive reaction to Todd Phillips’ footage of Joaquin Phoenix in full clown makeup for “Joker.”

“Love It!” Nelson wrote on social media. “Great story, great actor, specific and strong vision from talented director. What DC should have been doing since Nolan. Even if die hard fans struggle with his vision. #goodmoviesaregoodmovies“

Dceu fans interpreted Nelson’s remark as a dig at Zack Snyder, the creative visionary behind the Dceu as director of “Man of Steel,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and “Justice League.” Snyder’s films received severe critical beatings in the press, and “Justice League” was a box office bomb as the lowest-grossing Dceu release to date.

According to EW,
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Apple Streaming Service Being Described As “Expensive NBC” As Company Begins Neutering Various Series

Streaming is no longer the future. It is most definitely the present. With increased frequency, more and more viewers are skipping traditional network and cable TV, as well as the movie theaters, and sticking with watching content from Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and others on their own schedule, from whatever device they are holding. So now, we have begun to see other companies like Disney, Facebook, YouTube, and Apple attempt to carve out their piece of the streaming pie.

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Matthew Vaughn Signed To Write/Direct ‘Kingsman 3’ & Take Over Former ‘Bond 25’ Release Date

There’s little hope for a “Dredd 2,” “Galaxy Quest 2,” or the “Edge of Tomorrow” sequel anytime soon. But yet, Fox is still going to pump out a third “Kingsman.” Filmmaker Matthew Vaughn threatened the possibility of a threequel a while ago (combined with a potential TV series and prequel film), but now it appears that “Kingsman 3” is officially official.

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The Trees are Calling: The Films and Pitches of Camden International Film Festival 2018

Most film festivals can claim a thing or two: A dramatic location, a slate of coveted premieres, fancy fetes, unique guests, a platoon of industry heavies making the rounds, and, for better or worse, the media spotlight. I’ve never attended any film festival where I had the to wrap my arms around a tree–in a public park, no less, and in full view of pedestrians–and plant my ear firmly to its bark, as one of its official selections. And yet, there I was, in Camden, Maine, on a sunny Sunday afternoon, tree-hugging away. The four selected trees on the Camden […]
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The Trees are Calling: The Films and Pitches of Camden International Film Festival 2018

Most film festivals can claim a thing or two: A dramatic location, a slate of coveted premieres, fancy fetes, unique guests, a platoon of industry heavies making the rounds, and, for better or worse, the media spotlight. I’ve never attended any film festival where I had the to wrap my arms around a tree–in a public park, no less, and in full view of pedestrians–and plant my ear firmly to its bark, as one of its official selections. And yet, there I was, in Camden, Maine, on a sunny Sunday afternoon, tree-hugging away. The four selected trees on the Camden […]
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New York Film Festival: 15 Must-See Films To Watch

The 56th Annual New York Film Festival is upon us once again, gifting the cinematic landscape with thrilling and compelling films carefully curated from all over the world. Last year’s favorites included “Call Me By Your Name” and “Lady Bird,” the latter of which went onto become A24’s highest grossing film and earn not one but five Academy Award nominations. This year is no different, the festival will unleash future classics like “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” directed by the Coen Brothers, the sweeping Mexican epic “Roma,” the latest effort by Academy Award winner Alfonso Cuaron.

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‘The Daily Show’s’ Ronny Chieng on How Singapore Banned ‘South Park,’ Making Him Love It More — Turn It On Podcast

‘The Daily Show’s’ Ronny Chieng on How Singapore Banned ‘South Park,’ Making Him Love It More — Turn It On Podcast
The Daily Show” correspondent Ronny Chieng was a young boy living in Singapore when “South Park” first debuted in 1997. The country had made headlines by banning the cartoon for being too crude — and that, of course, only made the budding comedian want to see the show even more.

“I was 10 years old and it made the news for being banned,” he said. “We only caught glimpses of it.”

But that also meant that Chieng didn’t get into “South Park” until college, when he fell hard for the show. “I watched one episode, and then started watching backwards. With ‘South Park,’ if you’ve never watched it before or have fallen off it, you reverse binge. Watching it backwards actually gives you an appreciate for how immediate it was.”

Chieng, most recently seen in this summer’s smash film “Crazy Rich Asians,” said he’s inspired by how “South Park” is written.
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Wes Anderson’s New Film to Feature Songs by Mark Mothersbaugh, His ‘Rushmore’ and ‘Royal Tenenbaums’ Composer — Report

Wes Anderson’s New Film to Feature Songs by Mark Mothersbaugh, His ‘Rushmore’ and ‘Royal Tenenbaums’ Composer — Report
Wes Anderson is reportedly eyeing a major reunion for his 10th feature film. French publication Premiere reports the writer-director has tapped musician Mark Mothersbaugh to write the original songs for what is rumored to be a musical set in France during the 1950s. News broke in August that Anderson was scouting locations in Angoulême, France to film the movie in early 2019.

Anderson fans should easily recognize the name Mark Mothersbaugh. The musician was Anderson’s longtime film composer and contributed the scores to the director’s 1996 directorial debut “Bottle Rocket,” “Rushmore,” “The Royal Tenenbums,” and “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou.” The two have not worked together since 2004’s “Zissou,” which means the French musical will be their first feature in 15 years. Anderson has worked with composer Alexandre Desplat in recent years.

Production on Anderson’s 10th feature is tentatively set to begin in February 2019 and is expected to last at least four months.
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Adam McKay Confirms Dick Cheney Biopic Will Be Titled ‘Vice’ & Calls ‘Foxcatcher’ A “Masterpiece”

The fall film festival season is when we normally find out which of the early-buzz awards contenders are legit. We also find out if there are any surprise contenders that have flown under the radar. This year, it appears that there are a good number of films that debuted at the fests that will be Oscar contenders down the road. However, one of the films thought to be an Oscar contender has yet to premiere anywhere, or even have a title.

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Far from the Shallows Now: Why Blake Lively Is One of the Boldest and Most Exciting Actors in Hollywood

Far from the Shallows Now: Why Blake Lively Is One of the Boldest and Most Exciting Actors in Hollywood
Blake Lively has a problem as old as the patriarchy that created it: When you’re nothing if not a beautiful woman, you’re nothing if not a beautiful woman. So when Lively became a star after winning the role of it girl Serena van der Woodsen on the CW’s soapy and hyper-sexualized “Gossip Girl,” it was easy for viewers to chisel her down to the most obvious of her charms.

At that nascent stage of Lively’s career — after “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” but before “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2” — it was easy for audiences to conflate her with the character she played on television. Born into an affluent family that already had both feet planted in showbiz, Lively’s first screen credit was in a low-budget film that her father directed, and she landed her first Hollywood part after her brother asked his
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‘Wanderlust’ Trailer: Toni Collette Explores Polyamory To Spice Up Her Marriage In New Netflix Series

It seems like we haven’t been discussing Toni Collette enough lately, and we’re fixing that right now. The actress who provided yet another astonishing, complicated portrayal of a grieving mother in Ari Aster‘s debut film “Hereditary” will return to the screen in the Netflix original series, “Wanderlust.”

The streaming giant officially announced a release date for the dramedy series for October and since then, fans were waiting for the first footage of Collette and company in action.

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