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‘Everybody Knows’, ‘The Gospel Of Eureka’, ‘To Dust’ Among Weekend Arrivals – Specialty Box Office Preview

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‘Everybody Knows’, ‘The Gospel Of Eureka’, ‘To Dust’ Among Weekend Arrivals – Specialty Box Office Preview
Iranian-born director Asghar Farhadi is among an exclusive group of filmmakers to win the Best Foreign Language Oscar twice. For his latest film, Everybody Knows, he’s cast Spanish-born Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem, with Focus Features opening the largely Spanish-language film stateside this weekend to begin a slow roll out.

Also among the weekend’s new Specialty lineup is Kino Lorber documentary The Gospel of Eureka by Donal Mosher and Michael Palmieri, centering on the inhabitants of a queer and Christian friendly town in the Arkansas Ozarks. The Orchard is opening Under The Eiffel Tower with Matt Walsh, Judith Godrèche, Reid Scott, and Good Deed Entertainment is opening To Dust, starring Géza R?hrig and Matthew Broderick.
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“It’s Like Having a Diary Shot by Someone Else of Moments That You Don’t Remember….”: RaMell Ross on his Oscar-nominated Hale County This Morning, This Evening

Nominated for the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, and airing on PBS’s Independent Lens beginning February 11th (and now on iTunes), RaMell Ross’s Hale County This Morning, This Evening lives up to its buzz and then some. The award-winning photographer’s debut feature is a low-key, highly cinematic look at the Alabama Black Belt over a period of five years. In that time Ross trained his lens mostly on two twenty-something men, Daniel and Quincy, as they navigated education, blue-collar labor, fatherhood, and just the intricacies of daily life in their culturally rich, economically impoverished Southern town. Filmmaker was fortunate enough […]
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“It’s Like Having a Diary Shot by Someone Else of Moments That You Don’t Remember….”: RaMell Ross on his Oscar-nominated Hale County This Morning, This Evening

Nominated for the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, and airing on PBS’s Independent Lens beginning February 11th (and now on iTunes), RaMell Ross’s Hale County This Morning, This Evening lives up to its buzz and then some. The award-winning photographer’s debut feature is a low-key, highly cinematic look at the Alabama Black Belt over a period of five years. In that time Ross trained his lens mostly on two twenty-something men, Daniel and Quincy, as they navigated education, blue-collar labor, fatherhood, and just the intricacies of daily life in their culturally rich, economically impoverished Southern town. Filmmaker was fortunate enough […]
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Movie Poster of the Week: Jeff Goldblum in Posters

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Above: character posters for Thor: Ragnarok (2017) and Hotel Artemis (2018).Jeff Goldblum is having a moment. After being in movies for 45 years, the 6'4" 66-year-old actor is suddenly the coolest man on the planet. He was all over Sundance last week with his new film, The Mountain, and starting today the Quad Cinema in New York is playing “The Goldblum Variations,” a retrospective of sixteen of the tall guy’s best films.Ever since his debut as Freak #1 in Michael Winner’s Death Wish (1974), Goldblum has been a compelling, quirky presence in movies. He was a supporting player for some ten years before his break-out role in Lawrence Kasdan’s The Big Chill (1983) which led to starring roles in John LandisInto the Night (1985) and David Cronenberg’s The Fly (1986). His major leading man period lasted about a decade before he comfortably became an ensemble player once again (naturally fitting right
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‘Knock Down the House’: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Will Fire Up Your Political Spirit [Sundance Review]

Young, female, brown, carrying oh-so-terrifying socialist ideals of equality for the underrepresented, and not afraid to speak her mind loudly, U.S. House of Representatives politician and activist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez currently has the Washington D.C. establishment quaking in their boots. Laugh if you want to, but there’s absolutely a reason a brand new, relatively inexperienced 29-year-old congresswoman—the youngest woman ever to serve in the United States—has found herself in the crosshairs of Fox News, The Daily Caller, and dozens of alt-right conservative voices.

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2019 Oscar Nominated Live-Action Shorts, Ranked: Frontrunners Confront Difficult Themes

2019 Oscar Nominated Live-Action Shorts, Ranked: Frontrunners Confront Difficult Themes
While most movies in the Oscar race generate attention for months, the short film contenders generally don’t receive much notice until they’re nominated. However, the live-action shorts often deserve as much attention as the higher-profile contenders, in part because they’re so different from the rest of the pack.

The 2019 nominees are a perfect example: The five contenders hail from four countries, and tackle a range of heavy subject matters, from racism to repressed sexuality. Collectively, they speak to the clash of innocence with troubled times, as the majority of the shorts deal with children in dark situations. And while the Best Director category is loaded with veterans ranging from Spike Lee to Alfonso Cuarón, the filmmakers nominated in the Short Film (Live Action) category are largely newcomers from around the world.

Many of the winners in this category often go on to craft memorable features, from Andrea Arnold to Martin McDonagh.
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African American Film Critics Association Celebrates Ryan Coogler, Jason Blum, More

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African American Film Critics Association Celebrates Ryan Coogler, Jason Blum, More
On Wednesday night, the Aafca Awards, presented by the African American Film Critics Association, celebrated its 10th anniversary at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood, where trophies were handed out to winners and special honorees.

Opening the festivities was Ava DuVernay presenting the Aafca Best Director award to Ryan Coogler.

“It really, truly is an honor,” said Coogler, tipping his hat to fellow winner Barry Jenkins, whose “If Beale Street Could Talk” picked up the Best Independent Film trophy. “A big thanks to Barry and all the filmmakers who are out there challenging audiences and challenging filmmakers.”

Hosted by actress Tichina Arnold, the event’s highlight was music icon Quincy Jones receiving the inaugural Aafca Stanley Kramer Award, which was presented to him by Karen Kramer, wife of the late director-producer.

“We’ve come a hell of a long way from the time when I was the young film composer in town,
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‘Cold Case Hammarskj?ld’ Is An Astonishing Murder Mystery Investigation Doc [Sundance Review]

It’s a cliché, but “more than you bargained for” documentaries are typically the best ones. Those films that feature a filmmaker on an odyssey quest for one piece of truth, but discovers something richer and more profound along the journey. Such is the case with what Mads Brügger‘s astonishing “Cold Case Hammarskj?ld,” about an investigation into a mysterious murder that strikes a vein and the blood of discovery comes gushing.

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Steven Soderbergh Surprised His Drunken Oscar Speech Is the Academy’s New Gold Standard

Steven Soderbergh Surprised His Drunken Oscar Speech Is the Academy’s New Gold Standard
This year the Academy is determined to keep the Oscar broadcast down to a crisp three-hour show. Six below-the-line craft awards will be handed out during commercials, and winners are being warned they have only 90 seconds from the moment they are announced until they will be escorted off stage.

At the annual Oscar lunch, the show’s producer Donna Gigliotti screened Steven Soderbergh’s 2001 acceptance speech for Best Director (“Traffic”) as a model this year’s nominees should consider following while preparing for their potential big moment. In the speech, Soderbergh deferred thanking people who worked on the movie and instead paid tribute to the creative spirit.

“There are a lot of people to thank. Rather than thank a few of them publicly, I think I’m going to thank all of them privately,” said Soderbergh up on stage. “I want to thank anyone who spends part of their day creating.
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Creator Says ‘Batman’ Spin-Off Series ‘Pennyworth’ With Young, Badass Alfred Will Be “Unhinged, R-Rated”

One of the more perplexing DC comics-related Hollywood projects on the docket is the upcoming “Pennyworth” series coming to Epix in June. The series aims to tell the story of a young Alfred Pennyworth, the future butler of Bruce Wayne, aka Batman. However, the series isn’t based on strict DC comics lore. Instead, it’s a prequel to the character that we meet in the Fox series “Gotham,” which means this version of Alfred is a badass.

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‘Lords of Chaos’ Review: This Black Metal Drama Is Fittingly Grim and True

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Black metal has never been a purely musical phenomenon, nor was it meant to be. Even the most ardent of Mayhem, Darkthrone, or Gorgoroth fans would concede that its practitioners aren’t virtuosos so much as vessels for an anti-establishment worldview that demonizes Christianity the way punk rock savaged Reagan and Thatcher. If you know anything at all about the genre, it probably isn’t that “Transilvanian Hunger” is a pretty solid album — it’s that, back in the early ‘90s, a group of disaffected Norwegians earned notoriety by burning down centuries-old churches and committing grisly murders.

So don’t be surprised that “Lords of Chaos” offers less insight into Mayhem’s songwriting process than it does into the relationship between ?ystein Aarseth and Varg Vikernes (Emory Cohen). The friends-turned-rivals, who performed in the foundational band Mayhem together, have emerged as the most infamous figures from that era — especially because
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Dwayne Johnson Reveals He Was The Academy’s First Choice To Host This Year’s Oscars

With the Oscars ceremony only a couple short weeks away, film fans are bracing themselves for the first telecast from the Academy to be without a host in decades. After Kevin Hart was hired (and then subsequently left), the AMPAS struggled to find a replacement, ultimately deciding to let the presenters become the de facto hosts. However, in an alternate universe, where the Academy’s first choice for host came through, we could be anticipating a Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson-hosted awards show.

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Inside the Academy, Drama Builds on Which Craft Winners to Edit Into the Live Oscar Broadcast

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Inside the Academy, Drama Builds on Which Craft Winners to Edit Into the Live Oscar Broadcast
The road to the 2019 Oscars has been the bumpiest of rides, to say the least. It’s yielded one controversy after another, from the ill-fated Best Popular Film category, to the Kevin Hart/host-less mishap, to the Best Song disaster.

This, of course, is part of the unpopular plan to truncate some of the craft categories during the telecast by editing them into montages like the Tony Awards. All in the name of shortening the length of the show to less than three hours and struggling to boost the sagging ratings.

But what about the prestige? What about the showmanship? This is the Academy Awards, for crying out loud! This is Hollywood, the industry’s party, and the integral below-the-line crafts should be celebrated, not marginalized, by cutting them down and presenting select highlights during the telecast. To many crafts people, this is an outrage, and they’ve responded with
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Josh Gad Reportedly Teaming With ‘Once Upon A Time’ Creators For New ‘Muppets’ Series On Disney+

Ever since Disney purchased the Muppets brand 15 years ago, the studio hasn’t really been able to crack the code on what makes the characters so popular. Outside of the 2011 film “The Muppets,” which earned over $100 million worldwide, most of the projects featuring Kermit and Co. have been disappointing (let’s not even mention the failed office comedy series). But alas, the Mouse House isn’t going to let the franchise wither away, and according to a new report, Disney is bringing the Muppets back for the upcoming streaming service.

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‘Avengers: Endgame’: The Russo Brothers Have Come Up With “A Thoughtful Way” To Integrate The Over-Powered Captain Marvel

We’ve had one full trailer and a short Super Bowl TV ad promoting the upcoming “Avengers: Endgame.” One of the best aspects about both of these ads is that we still have no clue on what the actual story is for the film, outside of the Avengers, uh you know, avenging. And one of the biggest mysteries is how ‘Endgame’ will incorporate the strongest hero to date, Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel, who was teased at the end of ‘Infinity War.’ But according to the Russo Brothers, they feel they have cracked that code.

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James Cameron Verifies Those Crazy ‘Avatar’ Sequel Titles, But They Aren’t Locked Just Yet

James Cameron Verifies Those Crazy ‘Avatar’ Sequel Titles, But They Aren’t Locked Just Yet
James Cameron was the fury of the internet last November after BBC News leaked the alleged titles for the director’s four planned “Avatar” sequels. The official titles were, quite frankly, insane sounding: “Avatar: The Way of Water,” “Avatar: The Seed Bearer,” “Avatar: The Tulkun Rider,” and “Avatar: The Quest for Eywa.” These sequel titles were just rumors at the time, but that didn’t stop moviegoers from mocking Cameron and the idea of a movie called “The Seed Bearer” potentially grossing one billion dollars worldwide.

Was the backlash justified? Somewhat, considering Cameron has finally verified the titles. During the press tour for “Alita: Battle Angel,” which Cameron serves as producer on, the director told Entertainment Tonight, “I can neither confirm nor deny — alright, here’s what I’ll tell ya: Those titles are among titles that are in consideration. And no final decisions have been made yet.”

So yes,
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Visual Chaos Reigns In The Dazzling ‘We Are Little Zombies’ [Sundance Review]

From Japan, perennially a world leader in the art of sensory overload, comes “We Are Little Zombies,” a visually anarchic exploration of the difficulty of expressing emotion within a hyperreal media landscape. The feature film debut of noted music video and commercial director Makoto Nagahisa, “We Are Little Zombies” details four thirteen-year-olds who all lose their parents at the same time and meet at a funeral home. In no time, they bond over their shared scorn for the fuss the adults are making, their shared morbidity regarding the details of their parents’ deaths, and their shared unhappiness in life.

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Marc Shaiman Is an Oscar Away From Egot, But the Real Prize Is ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

Marc Shaiman Is an Oscar Away From Egot, But the Real Prize Is ‘Mary Poppins Returns’
If Marc Shaiman wins an Oscar on February 24, the long-time composer and lyricist will enter that rarefied ranks of showbiz status: He’ll have an Egot. But he’s trying not to think about that part. “Oh, my God, the whole Egot thing, I can’t even go there,” Shaiman said with a laugh during a recent interview.

With his sixth and seventh Oscar nominations under his belt for his work on Rob Marshall’s “Mary Poppins Returns” — a Best Song nomination for “The Place Where Lost Things Go,” shared with his long-time creative partner Scott Wittman, plus a solo nomination for Best Score — Shaiman could finally seal the deal. In 2003, he won both his first Grammy and first Tony for his and Wittman’s “Hairspray,” and he’s since been nominated again by both awards shows for other projects.

Shaiman’s path to Egot glory started somewhat inauspiciously, thanks
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‘The Kindness of Strangers’ Review: Great Performances Can’t Save Lone Scherfig’s Awkward Melodrama

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‘The Kindness of Strangers’ Review: Great Performances Can’t Save Lone Scherfig’s Awkward Melodrama
New York can be an unforgiving city, even in the best of circumstances. Unfortunately for the awkward patchwork of characters who populate Lone Scherfig’s listless new melodrama, “The Kindness of Strangers” does not take place in the best of circumstances. Everyone in the film is lost and lonely in one way or another; everyone is either helpless or guilty; everyone is either about to hit bottom, or beginning to claw their way out of a hole that’s too deep to escape without some assistance. The young mother whose story provides the spine of this underdeveloped mosaic, is somehow all of those things at once.

Played by a tender and compellingly frayed Zoe Kazan, Clara opens the story in the pre-dawn hours by stealing her two young sons (Jack Fulton and Finlay Wojtak-Hissong) away from their Buffalo home, and from the abusive cop husband (Esben Smed as the demonic
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Musical Duo The Chainsmokers Say Upcoming Film Is “Woody Allen Meets ’10 Things I Hate About You'”

The Chainsmokers are the hit musical duo with songs like “Closer” and “Paris.” And if you’re a person of a certain age, aka under 25-years-old, you probably are familiar with the group, formed by Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall. Now, what you might not be aware of is that Taggart and Pall are teaming up with a screenwriter to bring the latter song, “Paris,” to the big screen as a film based on the hit song of two people meeting abroad.

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