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Benicio del Toro Confirms ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ Villain Role, Reveals When Shooting Begins

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Not too long ago, Benicio del Toro confirmed rumors that he was taking a role in the next chapter of the new Star Wars trilogy. In addition, reports have indicated that he will have some kind of villain role, though Disney and Lucasfilm haven’t confirmed anything. However, del Toro seems to have been given permission […]

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- Ethan Anderton

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Tom McCarthy Speaks About Opening ‘Spotlight’ In Catholic Italy, How He Cast Michael Keaton, And How Journalism Is Deteriorating

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Tom McCarthy’s new film “Spotlight,” about the Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation in 2002 into the priest pedophilia scandals and subsequent cover-ups within the Catholic Church, is making a splash at the Venice Film Festival where it world premieres this evening after playing positively for the press this morning. Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams and Brian d’Arcy James star in the ensemble drama as the Globe’s Spotlight Team. They are assigned by a new editor, Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber), with investigating allegations of pedophilia. Spotlight editor is Walter “Robby” Robinson, played by Michael Keaton, in his first role after “Birdman.”

You were raised Irish Catholic and you went to Boston College, so you were educated by Jesuits. How did your background play into the film?

It certainly prompted my interest. When I was approached by Blye Faust and Nicole Rocklin approached with this story and the life rights to the reporters, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Jason Momoa Starring in Action-Thriller ‘Braven’

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Jason Momoa will star in the action-thriller “Braven.”

Highland Film Group will launch international sales at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival.

Lin Oeding is directing from Thomas Pa’a Sibbett’s screenplay based on Mike Nilon’s original story. Momoa and Brian Mendoza’s Pride of Gypsies will produce alongside Nilon and Molly Hassell.

Momoa plays a humble logger residing along the U.S./Canada border who’s confronted by a group of deadly drug runners and forced to do everything in his power to protect his family.

Momoa was recently announced as Aquaman for Warner Bros.-DC Entertainment’s “Justice League” movies and James Wan’s “Aquaman.” Oeding has worked on design for “Straight Outta Compton” and “Ant Man.”

Momoa is represented by Agency for the Performing Arts and Link Entertainment.


- Dave McNary

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Did Sony Make Changes to ‘Concussion’ to Avoid Clashing with the NFL?

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Last week brought the first trailer for the professional football set drama Concussion starring Will Smith. The movie doesn’t arrive until Christmas Day when we’re well into the next season of football, but there’s already controversy surrounding the film due to some cuts that Sony Pictures reportedly made to the film in order to avoid […]

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- Ethan Anderton

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Relativity Bankruptcy: ‘Collide’ Backers Ask Judge To Scrap Distribution Deal

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Last month it seemed that British director Eran Creevy's hot title Collide, previously known as Autobahn, had extricated itself from Relativity. But a filing in the studio’s bankruptcy case indicates that isn’t entirely free just yet. Im Global Film Fund just filed a motion asking U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Michael Wiles to formally scrap its October 17, 2014 distribution agreement with Relativity as of September 30 — and not wait until someone steps up to buy the… »

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‘Captain America: Civil War’ Won’t Feature the Hulk for ‘Truly Significant’ Reason, Says Mark Ruffalo

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Fans of Mark Ruffalo‘s Hulk will have to wait a little longer to see him sate his appetite for destruction again. The actor told Italian film site Bad Taste that Marvel decided to cut the big green character from its next ensemble production, “Captain America: Civil War,” which will feature some of the world’s biggest superheroes — and a few new ones — duking it out after choosing sides: Team Captain America or Team Iron Man. “I believed that would be in the film, but at the end, it was evident that they needed to reveal that the Hulk did something. »

- Greg Gilman

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‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2’ Is Fall’s Most Anticipated Movie (Survey)

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Moviegoers are eagerly anticipating Katniss Everdeen’s last act.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2,” the final film in the popular series, is the most anticipated fall movie, according to a recent survey by Fandango. That distinction comes with a big caveat. The online ticketer polled 1,000 moviegoers on the films they’re most excited to see between September and November, but that excluded a certain blockbuster-to-be because “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” doesn’t hit theaters until December.

The two most recent “Hunger Games” sequels topped Fandango’s list of most anticipated fall releases, making this the third consecutive year it’s topped charts. The first “Hunger Games” was released in March of 2012.

The last “Hunger Games” attracted 36% of the vote. The second and third most anticipated films were the latest James Bond mission, “Spectre,” which 26% of respondents picked, and the Ridley Scott and Matt Damon collaboration, “The Martian, »

- Brent Lang

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David Ansen named Psiff lead programmer

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The former Newsweek film critic recently served as artistic director of the Los Angeles Film Festival and joins the Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff), set to run from January 1-11 2016.

As lead programmer Ansen will work with a team of six programmers under the direction of festival artistic director Helen du Toit.

He will be responsible for acquiring films from distributors and sales agents and will be a key member of the selection committee for films submitted to the festival from a wide variety of sources.

“I’m thrilled to have someone with David’s vast scope and depth of knowledge about film join us as a key member of the Psiff programming team,” said festival director Darryl Macdonald.

“His taste in films has always been impeccable, ranging from the discovery of unheralded works from gifted new international directors to a singular appreciation of films from seasoned filmmakers working in the major studio millieux.”

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Irish Screen America launches with flagship bicoastal festival

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The new promotional organisation will kick off later this month with the first in an annual festival roadshow in Los Angeles and New York.

The flagship event will kick off with the Isa/La Festival on September 25 in Los Angeles at the USC School Of Cinematic Arts, while the Isa/NY Festival launches on October 2 in New York at Nyu’s Cantor Film Center. 

The slate will include the Us Premiere of Frank Berry’s teen drama I Used to Live Here, the West Coast premiere of Daisy Asquith’s After The Dance, Screen La Star Of Tomorrow Gerard Barrett’s Sundance entry Glassland and the Us premiere of Traders (pictured) by Rachel Moriarty and Peter Murphy.

The Los Angeles programme will include the panel Stories From The Field: Three Irish Film Directors In Hollywood with directors Ruairi Robinson, Ciaran Foy and Gary Shore, as well as masterclasses from screenwriter Naomi Sheridan in Los Angeles and [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Ricki and the Flash review – Meryl Streep goes soft (rock)

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This feminist-lite film about a mother-daughter relationship is fun, in an Aor-ish way, thanks to smart direction and some 80s music nostalgia

Like those 80s nostalgia gigs, this is something of an old pro’s show: Jonathan Demme directing a lite-feminist Diablo Cody script about a gigging rocker (Meryl Streep) recalled to Squaresville, Indianapolis, to console her soon-to-be-divorced daughter. 

The resultant pass-agg sniping suggests a sister film to Demme’s barbed Rachel Getting Married, although Streep’s presence inevitably softens the edges: the ferociously dishevelled offspring (Mamie Gummer, Streep’s actual daughter) is soon made over, and the final act installs a jukebox of all-American hits where the plot should be. 

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- Mike McCahill

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Legend review - Tom Hardy takes double duty in cartoonish Krays biopic

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It’s two thugs for the price of one actor and while flashes of brilliance emerge from his performance(s), Hardy is let down by disappointingly pedestrian surroundings

It’s one of the most tantalising setups of the year: Tom Hardy, who’s mastered the art of playing a bruiser in Bronson, Warrior and The Dark Knight Rises, as both Ronnie and Reggie Kray. So how did a violent, fact-based tale of the rise of London’s most notorious gangsters end up less thrilling than last year’s Locke, which saw Hardy take some phone calls in a car?

Related: 'The Krays were glamorous guys'

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- Benjamin Lee

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Film Review: Tom Hardy in ‘Legend’

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There are two good reasons to make what might otherwise seem an inessential new biopic of Ronnie and Reggie Kray — and both of them, as it happens, take the formidable form of Tom Hardy. Playing both the infamously savage Cockney crime lords in a dazzling feat of thespian self-splicing to rival Jeremy Irons in “Dead Ringers,” Hardy’s inspired twin turn elevates and complicates the otherwise straightforward terrain of “Legend,” in which U.S. writer-helmer Brian Helgeland gives London’s East End gangland a slightly touristic candy-coating of Swinging ’60s glamor. While Helgeland’s script lacks the wit and grit of his Oscar-winning job on “L.A. Confidential,” this lengthy, engrossing underworld saga creditably attempts to work a female perspective — that of Reggie’s innocent wife, Frances — into these laddish proceedings. If the Hardy Boys’ film-swallowing contribution ultimately thwarts the effort, that can’t be helped.

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- Guy Lodge

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Venice: 4 Clips From Frederick Wiseman's New Documentary 'In Jackson Heights'

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Famed documentarian Frederick Wiseman may be 85-years-old, but he's working a clip worthy of a filmmaker half his age. He's been busy knocking out documentaries at nearly one per year since 2009 (he did miss delivering something in 2012), and he continues to be in top form. His last two efforts, "National Gallery" (review here) and "At Berkeley" (our review), got some very good notices, and now he's at the Venice Film Festival where he'll debut his next film, "In Jackson Heights." Once again, Wiseman is taking a deep, immersive look, this time bringing his camera to the titular New York City neighborhood, chronicling the diverse, multi-ethnic citizens, in a picture that runs over three-hours-long. Here's the official synopsis:  In Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City, live many immigrants coming from South America, Mexico, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and China. The movie, shot in eight weeks in the summer of 2014, follows the lives. »

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Alix Madigan Joins Broad Green Pictures From Anonymous Content

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Exclusive– Alix Madigan is joining Broad Green Pictures as head of creative affairs, becoming a key player for the ambitious indie film company. The well-respected Madigan is joining from Anonymous Content, where she was working most recently as a staff producer. Prior to that. Madigan had stints at Propaganda Films, Skouras Pictures and Avenue Entertainment. She currently serves on the board of Film Independent. "Alix has years of industry experience, and we are thrilled… »

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl review – quirky, fluffy Ya novel adaptation

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An affectless teenager’s life is turned around when he encounters his leukaemia-stricken neighbour

The title serves as fair notice: here’s another Sundance-approved pseudo indie reconstituted from equal parts quirk and fluff. Whatever insight resided in Jesse Andrews’ Ya novel – about an affectless teen film buff (Thomas Mann) renewed via encounters with his leukaemia-stricken neighbour (Olivia Cooke) – director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon doodles over with nerdy movie mock-ups, sensitive Eno soundscapes, and talking Hugh Jackman posters tacked to wallpaper intended, at the last, to signify personal growth.

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- Mike McCahill

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Palm Springs Fest Taps Ex-laff Exec David Ansen As Lead Programmer

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David Ansen is moving back East, SoCal-style. After four years as Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Film Festival, he will head down the 10 Freeway to the desert to become Lead Programmer for the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Working with a half-dozen other programmers under Artistic Director Helen du Troit, the former Newsweek movie critic will be tasked with acquiring films for the upcoming festivals from U.S.-based distribution outlets and international… »

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The Transporter Refuelled review – a reboot only for the ultra-impressionable

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Ed Skrein takes over from Jason Statham in this lazy reboot of the franchise, with glibly efficient car chases and disastrous handbrake-on plotting

With Jason Statham having paid all dues, unrepentant wheeler-dealer Luc Besson here reboots his handy chauffeur franchise with a catalogue-model lead (Ed Skrein) and so much drooling placement for one German luxury car manufacturer you wonder why they didn’t sell ad space in the title. 

Brick MansionsCamille Delamarre shapes the odd, glibly efficient chase sequence, but these are small bursts of acceleration amid disastrous, handbrake-on plotting that tangles Skrein with a gang of bum-wiggling sex workers. Only the ultra-impressionable will be thrilled: not a single blow in its posy, prop-dependent fight scenes looks as though it connected, let alone hurt. The Stath wouldn’t stand for such nonsense.

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- Mike McCahill

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Bait review – smarter-than-usual Brit squeaker

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A woman in her bra covered in blood? Tick. But director Dominic Brunt’s vicious thriller is more convincing than you’d expect, with characters of genuine depth

This impressively vicious thriller directed by Dominic Brunt (who played Paddy Kirk in Emmerdale for years) looks at first like straight-up exploitation nonsense with its opening shots of a bra-clad Joanne Mitchell covered in blood screaming in a bathroom as Victoria Smurfit (also gore-smeared and in her undies) climbs the stairs with a knife. But as the narrative rolls back to show how we got to this place, Bait reveals itself to be smarter and subtler than the usual genre workout. The two women, it turns out, are best friends who run a cake stall in a market and get suckered into making a deal with Jonathan Slinger’s exquisitely evil loan shark. You know he has to be vile early on »

- Leslie Felperin

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From Venice to Telluride, Buyers Get Busy Before Toronto

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It's a fall festival circus as Venice continues and Telluride kicks off tomorrow, and buyers are hitting the market ahead of world premieres, as well as catching up on films that didn't find homes in the spring. IFC Films has scooped Wim Wenders' "Every Thing Will Be Fine," the German director's English-language 2015 Berlinale premiere starring James Franco and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Following a North American premiere in Toronto's Masters section, the film will be released on December 4, 2015, though mixed reviews don't portend much awards cache. In Toronto, IFC is also repping Andrew Haigh's "45 Years" (December 23), Palme d'Or winner "Dheepan" (early 2016), Romania's Oscar snub "The Treasure" (early 2016) and more. Read More: Berlin Reviews: Wim Wenders' 3D 'Every Thing Will Be Fine' Not Quite Fine Enough Today in a partnership with HBO Documentary Films, Abramorama grabbed Laurie Anderson's heart-tugging Telluride world premiere »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Independent Filmmaker Project Announces Program for Screen Forward: Ifp Conference 2015

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Read More: Attention, Filmmakers: 10 Reasons You Should Apply to the Ifp Filmmaker Lab The Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp) announced today the lineup for its largest annual event, Screen Forward: Ifp Conference, which will run from September 20-25 at Lincoln Center in New York City. The program includes a wide selection of workshops, case studies and discussions with some of the biggest names and media organizations the creative community has to offer.  Some of the lineup's highlights include industry talks with writer-comedians David Wain and Michael Ian Black ("Wet Hot American Summer"), Killer Films producer Christine Vachon ("Carol"), co-founder of @radical.media Jon Kamen, and president and co-founder of Sony Pictures Classics Michael Barker. Additional events include "Who Needs the Boys Club?," a discussion on inequality in the entertainment industry featuring director Mary Harron ("American Psycho"), and case studies on »

- Tarek Shoukri

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