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Tribeca: Oscilloscope Picks Up Estonian Folktale 'November'

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Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to Rainer Sarnet’s November, which is having its international premiere Monday at the Tribeca Film Festival. The distributor will release the fantasy-drama theatrically later this year.

Based on Andrus Kivirähk’s novel Rehepapp, the film is set in 19th century Estonia and tells the story of a peasant girl Liina who longs for village boy Hans, who in turn is infatuated by a visiting German baroness. It combines elements of folktales that include spirits, werewolves, plagues, and the devil himself.

November was produced by Katrin Kissa from Homeless Bob Production (Estonia) and co-produced by Ellen »


- Gregg Kilday

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'A Suitable Girl': Film Review | Tribeca 2017

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Profiling three young Indian women navigating the pitfalls of arranged marriages and matchmaking, A Suitable Girl revolves around the clash between old and modern methods of finding a husband. Sarita Khurana and Smriti Mundhra’s cinema-verite style documentary, which recently received its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, movingly chronicles its subjects’ emotional travails and the societal and family pressures they face.

The three women whom the filmmakers track over several years are Ritu, who studied abroad and has a successful career in Mumbai working for Ernst & Young; Amrita, who enjoys partaking of the many cultural and social »


- Frank Scheck

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What Is Marvel Planning After 'Avengers 4'?

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The end — or, at least, an end — is nigh for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, if studio president Kevin Feige's teases are anything to go by. But what could that actually mean in practice?

Talking to Collider, Feige suggested that, "as we get to [2018's Avengers] Infinity War there is a sense of a climax if not a conclusion to, by the time we’re at untitled Avengers 4, the 22 movies that will have encompassed the first three phases of the McU. And what happens after that will be very different. I don’t know if it’s Phase 4, »


- Graeme McMillan

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How Mariska Hargitay's 'Law & Order' Role Spurred HBO's Sexual Assault Doc

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After 18 years of starring in Law & Order: Svu, Mariska Hargitay is taking on sexual assault off-screen.

The actress of NBC’s long-running procedural series is a producer of I Am Evidence, a new documentary highlighting the hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits in the United States. The dormant status of these kits, some of which have been left in police evidence storage rooms for decades, mirrors the pattern of how the criminal justice system has historically treated sexual assault victims. Meanwhile, perpetrators are never held accountable for their crimes.

“This is a perfect microcosm of how we regard »


- Ashley Lee

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Chris Pine, Ben Foster to Reunite With 'Hell or High Water' Director for Netflix Movie

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There will be a Hell or High Water reunion thanks to Netflix.

David Mackenzie is in final talks with the streamer to direct Outlaw King, a period epic that will tell the story of Robert the Bruce (or Robert I), the king of Scots who led his country to freedom from England in the early 14th century.

Chris Pine and Ben Foster, who starred as brothers in Mackenzie's 2016 sleeper awards contender, are both in talks for the feature. Pine would play the Scottish king while Foster is in talks to play knight James Douglas, the king's loyal aide.

Mackenzie wrote the »


- Mia Galuppo

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Ken Jeong, David Koechner, Tituss Burgess, Peyton List Board 'Departures' (Exclusive)

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Ken Jeong, David Koechner, Tituss Burgess and Peyton List have boarded coming-of-age drama Departures, and the cast has been rounded out with the additions of Sonya Walger (The Catch, Lost) and Margot Bingham (The Family, Boardwalk Empire).

The film, directed by Peter Hutchings (The Outcasts) from a script by Fergal Rock, stars Asa Butterfield, Maisie Williams, Nina Dobrev and Tyler Hoechlin.

The story centers on Skye (Williams), a spirited teenager with a terminal illness who befriends Calvin (Butterfield), a 19-year-old hypochondriac working as a baggage handler at the local airport. Calvin helps Skye carry out her eccentric “bucket list” of »


- Rebecca Ford

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'Flower': Film Review | Tribeca 2017

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There’s nary a believable moment in Max Winkler’s edgy dark comedy about a rebellious teen girl who’s clearly meant to be amusingly crass but instead comes across as emotionally disturbed. Uneasily combining its determinedly edgy plotline with failed sentimentality, Flower is redeemed only by Zoey Deutch’s magnetic performance, which would be star-making if in the service of a better vehicle. The film, which also squanders the talents of such reliable comic pros as Kathryn Hahn and Adam Scott, recently received its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Deutch plays 17-year-old Erica, who earns money to bail her father out »


- Frank Scheck

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'Aardvark': Film Review | Tribeca 2017

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A psychology-centric dramedy likely to annoy some mental health professionals, Brian Shoaf's Aardvark revolves around loneliness and estrangement and the difficulties they present for both the healthy and the disturbed. Zachary Quinto plays a man coping with undefined mental problems, whose therapist (Jenny Slate) starts up an in-all-sorts-of-ways questionable relationship with his brother (Jon Hamm), a famous TV actor. That string of names will ensure attention is paid to this hard-to-categorize, uneven debut for the playwright turned director, but even so, theatrical distribution isn't guaranteed.

The film divides its sympathies between Quinto's Josh Norman and Emily Milburton (Slate), the licensed »


- John DeFore

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'Crazy Rich Asians' Adds Awkwafina

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Crazy Rich Asians,  the adaptation of Kevin Kwan's best-selling book, has rounded out its cast as filming kicks off, adding rising star Awkwafina.

Fresh Off the Boat star Constance Wu and newcomer Henry Golding are starring in the film that will be helmed by Jon M. Chu. Gemma Chan and Michelle Yeoh also star.

The Warner Bros. film, which will feature an all-Asian cast, centers on the lives of wealthy Chinese families living in Singapore. It follows Rachel Chu (Wu), an American-born Chinese economics professor who travels to her boyfriend Nick's hometown of Singapore »


- Rebecca Ford

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'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2': What the Critics Are Saying

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The reviews are warping in for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Anticipation is at a fever pitch for writer-director James Gunn's sequel, which received positive buzz from an early press screening last week and could open to as much as $150 million when it debuts May 5. The Marvel Studios film once again stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper — and introduces Kurt Russell's Ego as father to Star-Lord (Pratt). The film currently holds an 85 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

The big question going in was if Vol. 2 could possibly live »


- Aaron Couch

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'Spider-Man Homecoming': A Breakdown of the Superhero's Stark Technology

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The kid's got a nice suit. 

On Monday, Marvel shared a fun look at the Stark tech that makes up the new Spider-Man suit, featured in the first standalone film for the Tom Holland incarnation. 

Holland's Spidey got his new suit in Captain America: Civil War, but there are some cool gadgets that will be highlighted in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Most of the new tech was pretty obvious from the trailer, but it is still interesting to either get confirmation or a tad bit more info. 

First, the suit automatically forms to the wearer's body, which is reminiscent of Marty's jacket in Back to »


- Ryan Parker

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Tribeca: Kobe Bryant Talks 'Dear Basketball' Short Film and Passion for Storytelling

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When Kobe Bryant retired from the NBA last year, he penned a poem entitled “Dear Basketball,” a love letter to the game that is now a short film.

Illustrated by legendary Disney animator Glen Keane and scored by John Williams, the short Dear Basketball visually presents Bryant’s poem as black-and-white sketches, with only Bryant’s purple and gold Laker colors as accents. It premiered Sunday at the Tribeca Film Festival, with a discussion with Bryant, Keane and moderator Michael Strahan.

During the chat, Bryant spoke about his newfound love for storytelling, which he believes is his purpose. "The best way to »


- Taylor Weatherby, Billboard

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Sherry Lansing: Why I Left the Movie Business

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As chairman of Paramount Pictures from 1992 to 2005, Sherry Lansing was the most powerful woman in Hollywood. But for all her success, she also experienced moments of high anxiety. Twenty years after James Cameron's Titanic became the biggest hit in movie history — until it was supplanted by Cameron's own Avatar — she still recalls the stress of deciding whether to make the movie.

"There was a lot of tension between the two production managers, and then a lot of tension between all the executives,” she explained, speaking of the film's very early stages, when 20th Century Fox and Paramount were »


- Stephen Galloway

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James Cameron's 'Titanic' Secrets: "It's Time I Gave My Version of What Happened"

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Twenty years after he scored what, at the time, was the biggest hit in movie history with 1997’s Titanic, director James Cameron for the first time reveals some of the behind-the-scenes drama behind his classic film in this letter he wrote to THR’s Stephen Galloway for his new biography, Leading Lady: Sherry Lansing and the Making of a Hollywood Groundbreaker (Crown Archetype, out April 25). Here’s Cameron in his own words:

Peter Chernin at Fox [then-20th Century Fox chairman] had made it clear that he wanted a partner to share the pain on a $100 million »


- James Cameron

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The Rollercoaster Drama Behind 'Titanic': An Out-of-Control Budget, Two Warring Studios and a Near-Fistfight

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This year, James Cameron's Oscar-winning Titanic will mark the 20th anniversary of its release. In this second exclusive excerpt from his new biography Leading Lady: Sherry Lansing and the Making of a Hollywood Groundbreaker (Crown Archetype, out April 25), THR's executive features editor picks up Lansing's story as the Paramount Pictures chairman faces the biggest decision of her career: whether to go ahead with Titanic.

By 1996, Sherry Lansing was firmly in place atop Paramount Pictures, comfortable at last in her role as an executive after years as a producer, during which she had worked the »


- Stephen Galloway

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'Minions' Writer Recalls How Late Producer J.C. Spink Pulled a Fast One on E.T. (Guest Column)

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In 1998, while I was living with my parents in New Jersey, Fox Searchlight offered me a small amount of money to rewrite a movie for them. When I came to Los Angeles for my first big notes meeting ever, Lisa Fragner, one of the Fox execs, said I should meet with a couple of her friends who were just starting a management company. 

So one afternoon I went to Chris Bender's and J.C. Spink's house, which doubled as their office during the day. I thought that was cool, two friends that struck out on their own, started their own »


- Brian Lynch

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China Box Office: 'Fast 8' Races Past $300M, Chases 'Furious 7' for All-Time Record

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Universal's The Fate of the Furious downshifted a few gears in its second weekend but still put up huge numbers at the Chinese box office, earning $54.3 million for a massive 10-day total of $318 million (Rmb 2.19 billion).

On Sunday, the F. Gary Gray-directed blockbuster passed Michael Bay's Transformers: Age of Extinction to become the second-biggest Hollywood movie ever in China in local currency terms. Only Furious 7 has earned more in the Middle Kingdom — Rmb 2.43 billion ($390 million at 2015 exchange rates) — and with 12 days to go before Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 lands »


- Patrick Brzeski

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'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2': Film Review

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When a disarmingly wacky and amusing B-team of Marvel characters parachuted in three summers ago and made off with a worldwide haul of $771 million, the fifth biggest of any Marvel production, Guardians of the Galaxy resembled a makeshift expansion sports franchise that somehow played above its own level all year long and snuck into the World Series. But the second season brings this team back to reality, if not to planet Earth, and while the stadiums will remain packed, the results on the field are not nearly so pretty for this manic and sometimes grating continuation of »


- Todd McCarthy

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'mon mon mon Monsters': Film Review | Hong Kong 2017

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Who are the real monsters among us? That’s the question lurking at the heart of writer and director Giddens Ko’s sophomore effort, mon mon mon Monsters, closing this year’s Hkiff. Taking a radical departure from his 2011 romantic high school dramedy You Are the Apple of My Eye (a, erm, monster hit), mon mon mon Monsters is as dark, violent and nihilistic as Apple was bright, fluffy and bittersweet. Inspired by Mikael Hafstrom’s Evil, Monsters is far more literal in its horror aspirations, replacing Hafstrom’s victimized younger students with a supernatural creature, and the ineffective Nazi-ish teachers with ineffective Buddhist »


- Elizabeth Kerr

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Tribeca: Jon Favreau on 'Lion King' Fans' Expectations, 'Cowboys and Aliens' Disappointment

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When Scarlett Johansson and Jon Favreau sat down for a Q&A at the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday, the two reminisced about their multiple collaborations, including Iron Man 2, Chef and The Jungle Book.

And they opened up about dealing with failure.

While Johansson was the interviewer for this exchange — and the actress came well-prepared with a legal pad full of detailed questions — she delivered a few noteworthy asides. In particular, she alluded to the poor performance of The Ghost in the Shell when she introduced a question about some of Favreau's poorly received films, name-checking Cowboys and Aliens.

"It’s »


- Hilary Lewis

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