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'McMafia' Star James Norton to Play Con Artist in 'Chasing Agent Freegard'

'McMafia' Star James Norton to Play Con Artist in 'Chasing Agent Freegard'
James Norton, best known for his roles in McMafia and War & Peace, is set to play real-life British con man Robert Hendy-Freegard in upcoming feature Chasing Agent Freegard.

The film is one of three projects coming under a newly announced partnership between finance and sales banner Great Point Media and The Development Partnership, the production arm of talent agency The Artists Partnership, who have teamed to develop multiple films with a range of producing partners.

Chasing Agent Freegard, which Norton will also executive produce through his recently-launched outfit Rabbit Track Pictures, comes from Captain Phillips co-producer Michael Bronner, and is based on the ...
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Jean Paul Gaultier’s ‘Freak And Chic’ Documentary Sells For Studiocanal (Exclusive)

Jean Paul Gaultier’s ‘Freak And Chic’ Documentary Sells For Studiocanal (Exclusive)
Underscoring the strength and scope of French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier’s legacy around the world, the documentary “Jean Paul Gaultier Freak And Chic,” which chronicles the making of Gaultier’s ongoing popular show in Paris, has been luring distributors in key markets.

Sold by Studiocanal and produced by Capa, the documentary has already been picked up across Asia, in Japan (Kino), South Korea (Cree Pictures), Hong-Kong (Edko) and Taiwan (Moviecloud), as well as Australia/New Zealand (Madman), Israel (Shoval), Cis & Baltics (Pioneer) and ex-yugoslavia (McF Megacom).

The documentary, directed by Yann L’Hénoret, followed Gaultier during six months as he put together his Fashion Freak Show which portrays his life and career’s milestone with clips from Madonna, Rossy de Palma, Line Renaud, Catherine Deneuve and Antoine de Caunes, among others. Produced by high-profile music producer Thierry Suc for the Folies Bergères cabaret in Paris, the show has
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‘Roma’ Wins Nine Prizes From Latino Entertainment Journalists Association

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‘Roma’ Wins Nine Prizes From Latino Entertainment Journalists Association
Roma” was the big winner at the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association’s inaugural film awards, picking up a slew of prizes: Best Picture, Director, Actress, Original Screenplay, Production & Set Design, Cinematography, Editing, Sound, and Foreign-Language Film. Alfonso Cuarón’s black-and-white period piece has dominated this side of awards season, taking home top prizes from critics’ groups in Los Angeles, New York, and London, among others.

Also popular among the Leja was “If Beale Street Could Talk,” which won Best Supporting Actress for Regina King, Best Adapted Screenplay for Barry Jenkins, and Best Music for Nicholas Brittell. Full list of winners below.

Best Picture of the Year

Black Panther

BlacKkKlansman

Bohemian Rhapsody

Cold War

The Favourite

Green Book

“If Beale Street Could Talk”

Roma

A Star is Born

Vice

Best Achievement in Directing

Bradley Cooper, “A Star is Born

Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma

Barry Jenkins, “If Beale Street Could Talk”

Spike Lee,
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Razzie Awards Nominate ‘Gotti,’ ‘Holmes & Watson,’ Donald Trump & More As Worst Film Industry Had To Offer Last Year

It would appear that the Razzie Awards had its fair share of terrible films to choose from last year. And as the nominees showcase, this year’s Razzies seems to be going across all genres and even venturing into the political realm to highlight the very worst that Hollywood had to offer last year.

Leading the way are films like “Gotti,” “The HappyTime Murders,” and “Death of a Nation,” as well as the non-actor President Donald J.

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Razzie Award Nominations: ‘Gotti’ and ‘Holmes & Watson’ Land Six Nods Each

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The Razzies have announced their nominations “honoring” the worst films of the year, and as usual they’re plucking the low-hanging fruit. “Gotti” and “Holmes & Watson” have the dubious honor of leading all films with six nods each, including Worst Picture; “The Happytime Murders,” “Robin Hood,” and “Winchester” are also up for the top prize, with Donald Trump somehow landing a nomination as well.

Avail yourself of the full list below. The winners will be announced on February 23, which, not coincidentally, is the day before the Oscars.

Worst Picture

“Gotti”

The Happytime Murders

Holmes & Watson

Robin Hood

Winchester

Worst Actress

Jennifer Garner, “Peppermint

Amber Heard, “London Fields

Melissa McCarthy, “The Happytime Murders” and “Life of the Party”

Helen Mirren, “Winchester”

Amanda Seyfried, “The Clapper

Worst Actor

Johnny Depp (voice), “Sherlock Gnomes

Will Ferrell, “Holmes & Watson

John Travolta, “Gotti

Donald J. Trump (as himself), “Death of a Nation” and “Fahrenheit 11/9

Bruce Willis,
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Christopher McQuarrie Reportedly Wants Henry Cavill & Alec Baldwin Back For ‘M:i’ Sequels (Kind Of)

Christopher McQuarrie Reportedly Wants Henry Cavill & Alec Baldwin Back For ‘M:i’ Sequels (Kind Of)
If you’re a fan of spy thrillers, and just high-quality action films in general, you’re probably psyched by the news that filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie is coming back for two new “Mission: Impossible” sequels. And if you’re a fan of government lackeys, as well as men with reloading arms and controversial mustaches, then you will really love this next bit of ‘M:i’ news.

According to THR, McQuarrie is not only interested in bringing back the government guy character played by Alec Baldwin, but also Henry Cavill’s August Walker.
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Channing Tatum Reportedly Interested In Directing The Long-Delayed ‘Gambit’ Film

Channing Tatum Reportedly Interested In Directing The Long-Delayed ‘Gambit’ Film
We are fast approaching the five-year anniversary of the first time we reported that Channing Tatum is in line to play the “X-Men” character Gambit in a solo film. Since then, the film project has gone through constant changes, gaining directors, losing directors, getting a scheduled release date, and then, of course, losing that release date. But through thick and thin, one thing has remained the same – Tatum.
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Edgar Wright Says Next Film Is A Psychological Horror-Thriller Along The Lines Of ‘Repulsion’ & ‘Don’t Look Now’

Edgar Wright Says Next Film Is A Psychological Horror-Thriller Along The Lines Of ‘Repulsion’ & ‘Don’t Look Now’
He’s tackled horror-comedy, action-comedy, alien-comedy, and of course, most recently, heist-thriller…sorta comedy. Next, for filmmaker Edgar Wright, he’s going to tackle a genre that is devoid of comedy and is apparently, a straight-up psychological horror-thriller.

Read More: Guillermo Del Toro & Edgar Wright’s 2018 Top 10 Films Includes ‘Roma,’ ‘Mandy,’ ‘First Reformed’ & More

According to an interview with Empire, Wright discussed his idea for a new film, and also gives an update about the status of a potential “Baby Driver 2.” First things first, however, the filmmaker talks about his next project and his inspirations for the film.

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Brad Bird Defends Fired Pixar Boss John Lasseter & Doesn’t Think He Should Be Compared To Harvey Weinstein

One of the big stories of 2019, so far, is the news that disgraced animation guru John Lasseter was given a second chance at a career with his recent hiring at Skydance Animation. After being dismissed by Disney/Pixar, as multiple allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced, many assumed that the executive would quietly fade away into obscurity. Instead, he landed a high-profile job at a fairly large studio. And according to Lasseter collaborator, and ‘Incredibles’ filmmaker, Brad Bird, there’s nothing wrong with that.

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Dario Argento Says Luca Guadagnino’s ‘Suspiria’ Remake “Betrayed The Spirit Of The Original Film”

Remakes and reboots are generally met with eye rolls from film fans. Unless the remake is damn near perfect, most of the fans of the original film will look at it with disdain. But normally, when you have a remake or reboot, the filmmaker behind the original work that is being redone is able to see the merit and says something nice about the project. That is, unless your name is Dario Argento and you’re asked about Luca Guadagnino’s recent “Suspiria” reimagining.

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Shadows Under Strain: Dp Lol Crawley and the Cipher of Vox Lux

When it comes time to “punish” the image of a film, say with filtration, grease (generously applied to the front of the lens), or underexposure, cinematographers regress from their dear and safe technical jargon and assume the barbarous dialect of medieval executioners. They don’t just underexpose their picture to see how it reacts under strain, they “suffocate” it, “break” it, and “destroy” it — sometimes in spite of itself. The digital image is nary embraced and mostly worked against, its sterile lines deliberately corroded and beaten to a duller moosh. Cinematographer Lol Crawley Bsc tortures the film […]
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Shadows Under Strain: Dp Lol Crawley and the Cipher of Vox Lux

When it comes time to “punish” the image of a film, say with filtration, grease (generously applied to the front of the lens), or underexposure, cinematographers regress from their dear and safe technical jargon and assume the barbarous dialect of medieval executioners. They don’t just underexpose their picture to see how it reacts under strain, they “suffocate” it, “break” it, and “destroy” it — sometimes in spite of itself. The digital image is nary embraced and mostly worked against, its sterile lines deliberately corroded and beaten to a duller moosh. Cinematographer Lol Crawley Bsc tortures the film […]
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Moody Blues: Music from the Films of Bertrand Bonello

Would you believe me if I told you that one of the most transcendent moments in contemporary cinema is soundtracked by the Moody Blues? Nothing against the English arena rock stalwarts, who last year were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but even in the late 1960s, at the absolute height of their powers as progenitors of an eternally (and proudly) unfashionable progressive rock sound, the Moody Blues were anything but cool. Which is to say, then as now, they’re not exactly the first band you’d expect to hear in a movie, let alone a French movie set in an early 20th century brothel. Director Bertrand Bonello used the Moody Blues to spectacular effect in his 2011 masterpiece House of Tolerance, a feverish evocation of fin de siècle Paris in which period perfect detail and flagrant artifice collide in a of slipstream of pre- and postmodern aesthetics.
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Video Essay. Anaphora: Martin Scorsese's "The Color of Money"

Anaphora is an on-going series of video essays exploring the neglected films by major directors.It's always stunning to look back on film history and see who was in need of a comeback and why. Martin Scorsese's influence, his style as a filmmaker and his service to film preservation and history, is taken for granted today. In the late 70s and early 80s every stop light was red. New York, New York was a huge comedown after Taxi Driver, Raging Bull was a modest success at best, The King of Comedy bombed, After Hours made its budget back and then vanished, and Last Temptation of Christ was mired in controversy that hurt its box office. In the middle of all this was The Color of Money, probably the last thing anyone expected him to make: A sequel to Robert Rossen's The Hustler starring original lead Paul Newman and
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‘True Detective’ Review: Episode 3 Shows Why Relationships Matter More Than the Case

‘True Detective’ Review: Episode 3 Shows Why Relationships Matter More Than the Case
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “True Detective” Season 3, Episode 3, “The Big Never.”]

Hoo boy, a whole lot happened in “True Detective” this week! Turns out the Purcell kids didn’t go over to Ronnie’s house as many times as they say they did — so who were they seeing? The evidence in William’s recovered backpack points to an adult — who else would buy all those toys for him? How does the communion photo figure into all this, given Will’s body was left in a similar, praying pose after his death? And what about the dice, the bloody rocks, and the house near the suspected murder site? Speaking of the woods, what did Wayne (Mahershala Ali) leave in the woods? Amelia’s ghost seems to think he’s covering something up, so it’s not just the aging detective’s deteriorating memory that’s holding up the investigation. Plus, now there’s a mysterious
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‘Smilf’ Does ‘Atlanta’s’ Social Surrealism For Struggling Single Moms With Similar Shimmering Brilliance [Season 2 Review]

Someone should coin a specific term for the unusual mélange of magical realism, biting social-commentary and the surreal existential absurdism of “Atlanta,” if only so I can reapply said term to Showtime‘s fierce and funny “Smilf,” a series that came to similar ideas on its own, but filtered through an unapologetically raw feminist lens of struggle, heartbreak and hilarity. Season one already featured these disparate, idiosyncratic elements, brilliantly fusing them with painfully sharp observations and deep wells of empathy.

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Andy Gruenberg, Longtime Film Distribution Executive, Dies at 68

Andy Gruenberg, a longtime film-distribution executive who most recently oversaw theatrical distribution for Netflix, died suddenly on January 18. He was 68.

Born in St. Paul, Minnesota on March 10, 1950, Gruenberg spent his childhood in Milwaukee and his working life in the film industry; his tenure included stints at Warner Bros., Columbia, MGM, and Miramax, where he helped bring everything from “Ghostbusters” and “The Karate Kid” to “Leaving Las Vegas” and “Life Is Beautiful” to theaters. Gruenberg was Miramax’s President of Distribution when “Shakespeare in Love” won Best Picture and Executive Vice President of Distribution at MGM when “Leaving Las Vegas” won Nicolas Cage the Academy Award for Best Actor.

Other titles whose theatrical releases he oversaw include “Get Shorty,” “Tomorrow Never Dies,” “The Proposition,” and “Bernie.”

“I loved working with Andy and enjoyed our friendship over many years,” said Ted Mundorff, who co-founded the Film Arcade with him in 2011. “Andy was
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‘Glass’ Tops the Box Office, But Fails to Shatter the Mlk Weekend

‘Glass’ Tops the Box Office, But Fails to Shatter the Mlk Weekend
M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass,” completing a loose trilogy preceded by “Unbreakable” and “Split,” easily topped the first three days of the Martin Luther King holiday weekend. Its $40.5 million total nearly beat the totals for the next three films combined.

However, grosses overall continue to decline when put beside comparable periods last year. Though the full figures should slightly outpace those of the 2018 calendar weekend, they will be down 30 percent from the earlier Mlk holiday. Year to date numbers are down 13 percent.

“Glass” has the huge financial plus of costing only about $20 million. That is double the expense for the 2016 film, which opened at the same number two years ago, through the post-mlk weekend. Its success, and advance expectations for this (as well as the decline in total releases from major studios) meant it had no competition among new wide releases.

That’s unheard of. All recent years have seen
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Ja Rule Slams Netflix and Hulu for Fyre Festival Documentaries: ‘I Too Was Hustled’

Ja Rule Slams Netflix and Hulu for Fyre Festival Documentaries: ‘I Too Was Hustled’
Ja Rule isn’t a fan of the two Fyre Festival documentaries that dropped this week — or the streaming platforms responsible for them. The rapper and would-be music-festival organizer, whose portrayal in both Hulu’s “Fyre Fraud” and Netflix’s “Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened” isn’t especially favorable, took to Twitter to share his feelings about the films and viewers’ reactions to them: “I love how ppl watch a doc and think they have all the answers…,” Ja tweeted, presumably employing sarcasm to indicate that he does not, in fact, love this phenomenon.

“I had an amazing vision to create a festival like No Other!!! I would Never Scam or Fraud anyone what sense does that make???” he then asked rhetorically. Fyre Festival was promoted as an exclusive luxury experience but ended up turning into a disaster, with no performances ever taking place and attendees left to
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‘Roma’ Named Film of the Year by the London Film Critics Circle

‘Roma’ Named Film of the Year by the London Film Critics Circle
After similar wins in Los Angeles and New York, Alfonson Cuarón’s “Roma” has once again been named the year’s best film, this time by the London Film Critics Circle. It also won Director of the Year laurels, with other major prizes going to “Cold War” (Foreign-Language Film of the Year) and “The Favourite”.

We appear to have reached a familiar awards-season crossroads, dear readers, in which the critics’ awards diverge from those handed out by the guilds. “Roma” is the clear favorite among the former group, while a consensus has yet to emerge among the latter — “Green Book” won big with the PGA last night, but the DGA and SAG have yet to announce their winners. Whatever the case, see the full list of winners from London below:

Film Of The Year

“Roma”

Foreign-language Film Of The Year

“Cold War”

Documentary Of The Year

“Faces Places”

British/Irish
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