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Sundance: HBO Buys ‘Price of Everything’

Sundance: HBO Buys ‘Price of Everything’
HBO Documentary Films has nabbed “The Price of Everything,” a look at the world of contemporary art, in advance of its Sundance Film Festival debut.

Directed by Oscar-nominated director Nathaniel Kahn, “The Price of Everything” examines the headaches associated with pricing art and the vagaries of a market based around subjective opinions of what is hot and valuable. It looks at collectors, dealers, auctioneers and artists in weaving together its cultural and commerical tapestry, and features interviews with the likes of Jeff Koons, Gerhard Richter, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, and Larry Poons.

The company has acquired U.S. TV rights to the film and will also open it in theaters in at least a dozen U.S. markets prior to its premiere on HBO. It debuts in Sundance on Jan. 19. Kahn previously worked with HBO on his 2004 documentary “My Architect” and his short “Two Hands.”

“I couldn’t think of a better home for the film than HBO
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"Star Wars" Dialogue: III. Art and Technology

Star Wars Dialogue is a 5-part dialog between Mike Thorn, Isiah Medina, Chelsea Phillips-Carr, Isaac Goes, and Neil Bahadur about George Lucas's first six films in the Star Wars franchise.Mike Thorn: In her chapter of Glittering Images (2012) on Revenge of the Sith, Camille Paglia argues that, more than any other artist, George Lucas closes the gap between art and technology. How do you feel about this idea? In what ways are art and technology interacting with each other in these films, and how is Lucas cultivating that interaction? How has his innovation in this regard affected cinema since?Isiah Medina: Lucas claims that all art is, is technology. So the claim only works if we assume a gap to begin with. But more precisely, he says that one has an artistic problem, and then one invents a technology to solve it. In Heidegger’s Ponderings X he claims
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Oscar Nominations Announcement Going Live Again…Sort Of

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed how the 90th Oscar nominations will be unveiled a week from today on Tuesday, Jan. 23. Last year, the Academy Award nods broke from the traditional live announcement with a taped reveal. This year it’s going to be a bit of a mix of the old and the relatively new.

Jimmy Kimmel returning to hose the 90th Academy Awards

At 5:22 a.m.

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Sundance 2018 Jury Includes Jada Pinkett Smith, RuPaul Charles, and Co-Stars from ‘The Shape of Water’

Sundance 2018 Jury Includes Jada Pinkett Smith, RuPaul Charles, and Co-Stars from ‘The Shape of Water’
A cartoonist, a Scottish alt-rocker, a trio of Oscar winners, and the world’s most famous drag queen are among the two-dozen jurors headed to the Sundance Film Festival later this week. The chosen cinephiles will comprise seven juries and award 28 prizes to their favorite entries. Actor Jason Mantzoukas — already scheduled to be in Park City with his comedy, “The Long Dumb Road” — will host the award ceremony on Saturday, January 27, the penultimate day of the festival. Last year’s winners included “Icarus,” “Ingrid Goes West,” and “I Don’t Feel At Home in this World Anymore.”

Find out more about the 2018 jury members below, thanks to Sundance.

Read More:Sundance 2018 Competition Lineup Boasts New Films from Paul Dano, Reed Morano, Idris Elba, Ethan Hawke, and More

U.S. Documentary Jury (Barbara Chai, Simon Chinn, Chaz Ebert, Ezra Edelman, and Matt Holzman)

Barbara Chai is head of arts and culture coverage at Dow Jones Media Group,
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‘The Flash’ Will Be Directed By The Screenwriters of ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

Uhh, so this is a little bit unexpected, but in Hollywood you can fail upwards. The DC Films’ picture “The Flash” has played a lot of musical chairs. First Phil Lord and Chris Miller who bailed to make “Han Solo” (only to get fired) then “Dope” director Rick Famuyiwa dropped out too over “creative differences” and so too did Seth Grahame-Smith (“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” and “Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter”), who also rewrote the script.

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Watch: Paul Thomas Anderson, Production Assistant, 1992

Paul Thomas Anderson held a Reddit Ama today, where the subject of a video from 1992 came up. In the video, Anderson wanders the set of the Robert Conrad movie Sworn to Vengeance, asking various crew departments about their work and which one is the most important while generally being very snarky and making Clinton jokes. It’s a fun curio.
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It’s ‘Blade Runner 2049’ vs. ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ for the VFX Oscar

It’s ‘Blade Runner 2049’ vs. ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ for the VFX Oscar
The two VFX Oscar frontrunners, “Blade Runner 2049” and “War for the Planet of the Apes,” are in a war of their own for the 16th Ves Awards (to be held at the Beverly Hilton on February 13th). Each grabbed seven nominations, edging out “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”and upstart “Kong: Skull Island” (with five and four nominations, respectively). All four were nominated for the top prize along with Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”

Among the snubs were “The Shape of Water,” “Okja,” “Alien: Covenant,” and “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” which all made the Academy’s VFX bake-off shortlist.

However, making the cut in the Ves supporting category were “Dunkirk,” “Darkest Hour,” “Downsizing,” “Mother,” and “Only the Brave.”

For animation, Illumination’s “Despicable Me 3” nabbed five nominations, while Pixar’s frontrunning “Coco” collected four. They will compete for Outstanding Animated Feature
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Criterion Announces ‘The Virgin Suicides’ 4K Restoration, Approved by Ed Lachman and Sofia Coppola

Criterion Announces ‘The Virgin Suicides’ 4K Restoration, Approved by Ed Lachman and Sofia Coppola
Sofia Coppla acclaimed directorial debut “The Virgin Suicides” will be joining the Criterion Collection this April with a 4K digital restoration supervised by cinematographer Ed Lachman and approved by Coppola. The release is the highlight of the April 2018 additions, which also include Jim Jarmusch’s “Dead Man,” Sergei Parajanov’s “The Color of Pomegranates,” and Leo McCarey’s “The Awful Truth.”

Read More:Sofia Coppola: How She Survived ‘The Beguiled’ Backlash, Why She Won’t Do TV, and Why Her Dad is ‘Over’ Film

In addition to the 4K restoration, “The Virgin Suicides” Criterion release will also include new interviews with Coppola, actors Kirsten Dunst and Josh Hartnett, author Jeffrey Eugenides, and writer Tavi Gevinson. Coppola’s 1998 short film “Lick the Star” will also be included as a bonus feature, as will a making-of documentary directed by Sofia’s mother, filmmaker Eleanor Coppola. The movie is now available to
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‘Psychokinesis’ Trailer: ‘Train To Busan’ Director Yeon Sang-ho Returns With A Superhero Movie

Two years ago, South Korean director Yeon Sang-ho showed there was plenty of life left in the zombie genre with “Train To Busan.” His energetic take on the horror movie staple drew global acclaim, and director struck while the iron is hot. He’s already got his next movie on the way with “Psychokinesis,” and it sees the filmmaker turning his talents to superheroes.

Starring Ryoo Seung-Ryong, Shim Eun-Kyung, Park Jung-Min, Kim Min-Jae, Jung Yu-Mi, and Kang Sang-Won, the story follows an ordinary man who happens to gain a supernatural power, and uses it to try and save his daughter after she gets involved in an unexpected accident.

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Scoot McNairy Joins ‘True Detective’ Season 3

HBO has a lot to make up for after that dreadful second season of “True Detective.” But with the cast they’re assembling for season three, we’re more than happy to wait until 2019 to see it. Take all the time you need.

The always excellent Scoot McNairy, who is coming fresh off “Godless” and was key in the underseen “Halt And Catch Fire,” has joined Mahershala Ali, Carmen Ejogo, and Stephen Dorff in “True Detective” season three.

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‘Black Lightning’ Review: A Fantastic Villain Helps Give This CW Superhero Show a Promising Start

The start of the new CW series “Black Lightning” isn’t so much an origin story as a rebirth. Rather than start at the beginning of Jefferson Pierce’s (Cress Williams) time as the title costumed crimefighter, the show finds the character trying to affect change in other ways, mainly as a high school principal. He has two ambitious daughters, Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne McClain) and a friendly relationship with both his ex-wife Lynn (Christine Adams) and Henderson (Damon Gupton), a ranking detective in the local Freeland police department.

As a respected administrator, Jefferson has physically and mentally shelved his superhero armor. The figure he used to be, Black Lightning, still looms large in Freeland’s collective memory. But in true superhero fashion, violence in their city leads Jefferson to consider resuscitating his alter ego, giving “Black Lightning” some of the familiar starting-point rhythms of comics-based shows on The CW and beyond.
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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Official Synopsis Revealed

We’re just over four months away from the release of “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” and there’s still not a peep from Disney. But the studio sent out their 2018 preview today and lo and behold that May release date is still sticking. Granted, they could change their mind at any time, but they also could’ve avoided release date change drama by just slyly mentioning it in a press release.

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Alec Baldwin Says “Renunciation” Of Woody Allen Is “Unfair And Sad”

For years, Woody Allen has weathered the allegation made by Mia Farrow and Dylan Farrow that he assaulted the latter when she was seven years old. The director’s career has largely thrived despite the shadow over his name, with big name Hollywood stars happily ready to work for peanuts to be in one of this movies. But #MeToo and #TimesUp have changed that. Ellen Page, Greta Gerwig, Rebecca Hall, and star Timothée Chalamet have all recently expressed their remorse for working with Allen.

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Men’s Rights Activist Releases ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Edit That Removes All Women, But It’s Only 46-Minutes Long

Men’s Rights Activist Releases ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Edit That Removes All Women, But It’s Only 46-Minutes Long
Did you want to watch “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” without Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Laura Dern, and Kelly Marie Tran? Of course not, because they’re all integral to what make the film one of the most critical acclaimed entries in the franchise. Unfortunately, one anonymous men’s rights activist has taken it upon himself to release a new version of “The Last Jedi” that removes all women and only features scenes that include the male characters.

Read More:Kevin Smith Blasts ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Backlash: ‘It’s As If Somebody F*cked Up Their Childhood’

The bad news is that the men-only version of “The Last Jedi” actually exists and is currently available to download on torrent websites such as The Pirate Bay. The good news is that “The Last Jedi” features so many wonderful female characters in main roles that when you edit all of
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Woody Allen’s Career Is Over, But Why Did It Take So Long? — Opinion

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Woody Allen’s Career Is Over, But Why Did It Take So Long? — Opinion
This week, “Call Me By Your Name” star Timothée Chalamet became the latest actor from Woody Allen’s upcoming “A Rainy Day in New York” to donate his salary to several organizations in response to backlash to collaborating with the filmmaker. The mounting discomfort over Allen’s ability to continue producing films with name actors has led many to speculate that the filmmaker’s career is over. Here, several IndieWire writers shared thoughts about that possibility.

David Ehrlich: Woody Allen’s career is over, “A Rainy Day in New York” will be his last film, and most filmgoers will only notice he’s stopped working due to the newsworthy circumstances of his forced retirement. For many of the men involved in the recent wave of sexual assault allegations, the end came quickly, falling down on them like the blade of a guillotine. For Woody, the process was considerably longer and more complicated,
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Matt Damon Talks #TimesUp: “I Should Get In The Backseat And Close My Mouth For A While”

Last month, Matt Damon didn’t just step into hot water with this comments regarding the #MeToo movement sweeping Hollywood, he bathed in it. In an interview for ABC‘s “Popcorn with Peter Travers,” the actor tried to mansplain the varying degrees of bad behavior, and kept sinking further each with each passing sentence.

“I think it’s wonderful that women are feeling empowered to tell their stories and it’s totally necessary,” Damon had said.

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‘Phantom Thread’ Giveaway: Enter to Win a Prize Pack for Paul Thomas Anderson’s New Film

‘Phantom Thread’ Giveaway: Enter to Win a Prize Pack for Paul Thomas Anderson’s New Film
Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis have teamed up for one final film, and “Phantom Thread” has not disappointed. Filled with incredible performances from Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville and breakout Vicky Krieps, “Phantom Thread” is a serious Oscar contender in multiple categories, including Best Original Score thanks to long-time PTA collaborator Jonny Greenwood.

If you haven’t been able to stop listening to the film’s gorgeous soundtrack, you’re in luck. Our friends at Focus Features have teamed up with IndieWire and have put together a prize pack which includes a copy of the “Phantom Thread” score, a House of Woodcock tote bag and “The Women of Woodcock” coffee table book.

Read More:Jonny Greenwood’s Oscar-Worthy ‘Phantom Thread’ Score is Now Streaming in Its Entirety — Listen

To celebrate the wide release of “Phantom Thread,” we’ve giving away two of these prize packs to two lucky winners based in the United States.
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Keira Knightley Doesn’t Do Modern Day Set Films Because “The Female Characters Nearly Always Get Raped”

While #MeToo and #TimesUp are handy bookmarks of sorts to follow these ongoing movements, the conversations are complex. The issues of sexual harassment and assault in Hollywood (and other industries) are grown from a larger culture where women’s voices and stories simply aren’t heard. The movie business has long been plagued with the problem of creating quality leading roles for women, and it’s something that’s far from being solved in a meaningful way. If you want to maintain a working career as an actress, it might sometimes means taking on roles that are underwritten or filled with stock clichés.

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Aziz Ansari Sexual Misconduct Allegation Sparks Controversial Reactions From The New York Times and More

Aziz Ansari Sexual Misconduct Allegation Sparks Controversial Reactions From The New York Times and More
The sexual misconduct allegation against comedian and actor Aziz Ansari has resulted in controversial opinion pieces from The New York Times, The Atlantic, and more in which writers defend Ansari and call the specific claims against him “dangerous.” Ansari was accused of sexual misconduct by an anonymous 23-year-old who wrote about a date she went on with the comedian that turned inappropriate when they got back to his apartment.

Read More:Aziz Ansari Accused of Sexual Misconduct

“In a second, his hand was on my breast,” the woman wrote. “It was 30 minutes of me getting up and moving and him following and sticking his fingers down my throat again. It was really repetitive. It felt like a fucking game…most of my discomfort was expressed in me pulling away and mumbling. I know that my hand stopped moving at some points, I stopped moving my lips and turned cold.”

“He sat
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Charlie Rose and Tavis Smiley Sexual Harassment Scandals Have Lead to ‘Systematic Change’ at PBS

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Charlie Rose and Tavis Smiley Sexual Harassment Scandals Have Lead to ‘Systematic Change’ at PBS
In the wake of suspending both Charlie Rose and Tavis Smiley for sexual misconduct, PBS is enacting changes to help prevent similar misconduct in the future.

“It’s important we ensure that this isn’t just a moment and that we move on but we are looking into ways to create systematic change,” PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger said at the Television Critics Association press tour on Tuesday.

Kerger noted the bolstering of the network’s anti-harassment efforts, even though many of them had already existed, such as PBS’ whistleblower line, where workplace misconduct can be addressed. These calls “go directly to our board, not to management,” per Kerger. The network’s harassment policies, which had also been in place some months before the #MeToo movement started, requires that employees go through training once a year, with managers going through a second level of training.

Drawing distinctions between the
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