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Cinedigm Acquires Eric Stoltz-Helmed ‘Class Rank’ For May Release

Cinedigm Acquires Eric Stoltz-Helmed ‘Class Rank’ For May Release
Exclusive: Cinedigm has acquired North American distribution rights to Class Rank, the high school comedy directed by Eric Stoltz and starring Olivia Holt and Skyler Gisondo. A day-and-date theatrical release is set for May 11.

The plot of the pic penned by Benjamin August centers on two high school outsiders, Veronica (Holt), a type-A personality with Ivy League aspirations, and Bernard (Gisondo), a quirky nerd, who join forces to overtake the local school board and…
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Independent Spirit Awards 2018: ‘Get Out’ has best odds for Best Picture, but our top users are backing ‘Call Me by Your Name’

Independent Spirit Awards 2018: ‘Get Out’ has best odds for Best Picture, but our top users are backing ‘Call Me by Your Name’
The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” have emerged as the top two contenders for Best Picture at the Oscars, but even though both were eligible at the Independent Spirit Awards they were left out of top category at those kudos (“Shape of Water” was snubbed across the board). That opens the door the Jordan Peele‘s horror satire “Get Out,” which currently leads with 5/6 odds. But our top users think “Call Me by Your Name” actually has the advantage.

Our racetrack odds are based on the combined predictions of more than 1,600 users who have entered their Spirit Awards picks at Gold Derby thus far. That includes eight Expert journalists we’ve polled from top media outlets, seven of whom agree that “Get Out” will win: Edward Douglas, Joyce Eng (Gold Derby), Tariq Khan (Fox News), Sasha Stone (Awards Daily), Anne Thompson (IndieWire), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) and Susan Wloszczyna (RogerEbert.
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Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass Sign New 4-Picture Deal With Netflix

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Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass Sign New 4-Picture Deal With Netflix
Jay and Mark Duplass have signed a new four-picture deal with Netflix, which will start with an untitled film starring Ray Romano, Netflix announced Wednesday.

Netflix’s relationship with the Duplass brothers goes back to their first feature film, “The Puffy Chair,” which Netflix’s Red Envelope Entertainment co-distributed in 2005. In 2015, Netflix signed an Svod deal with the brothers that included “Blue Jay,” “Take Me” and “Creep 2,” as well as the upcoming “Duck Butter” and “Outside In.”

The previous agreement gave Netflix exclusive worldwide SVOD distribution rights after a short theatrical window.
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‘A Fantastic Woman’s’ Daniela Vega Is Having Her ‘Best Moment’

When filmmaker Sebastián Lelio sent the script for “A Fantastic Woman” to Daniela Vega it included a huge surprise, the celebrated director of “Gloria” wanted the Chilean singer to play the title role of Marina. Vega was simply shocked.

“I called him and told him he was totally crazy,” She says laughing. “‘How has it occurred to you I would be capable of doing this?’ And he said he was 100% sure I was going to be able to do it.
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Harvey Weinstein: British Documentary Reveals New Details Behind Settlement Deal That Could Have Stopped Him Years Ago

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Harvey Weinstein: British Documentary Reveals New Details Behind Settlement Deal That Could Have Stopped Him Years Ago
Even after months of stories chronicling allegations of sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein, there’s still more to be told. A new Channel 4 documentary, which premiered Tuesday in the U.K., has revealed a few more alleged instances of brutal behavior by the once-powerful producer — as well as the deal that theoretically could have led to real change years ago when he was still in charge at Miramax, had its terms been followed.

“Working With Weinstein” is themed around the fact that Weinstein’s career was built in England, making British films while also tormenting his British colleagues. The focus is primarily on producer Zelda Perkins, who for years was unable to tell her stories — but has been given a voice by the documentary. (Weinstein only appears in B-roll and photographs, but the final segment includes a statement denying the documentary’s allegations.)

“Working With Weinstein” contains many stories,
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‘Channel Zero: Butcher’s Block’: Sundance Alum Arkasha Stevenson on Turning Cannibalism into TV Art

As Arkasha Stevenson can now tell you, directing TV horror has its filmmaking perks. The director of all six episodes of “Channel Zero: Butcher’s Block” knows of at least one thing that really helped make this process work.

“I am in love with technocranes now. I want one. I want to ride it to the grocery store every day. I love them,” Stevenson said in a recent IndieWire interview. “Working on smaller projects, you have so many ideas in your head that you just can’t execute, because you don’t have the crew or you don’t have the tools and you don’t have the resources.”

Bringing “Butcher’s Block” to life brought the usual difficult “Channel Zero” balancing act of juggling a grounded horror story with some of the most terrifying visions anywhere on TV. Luckily for Stevenson, her first stint as a TV director came
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Attention, College Filmmakers: This Screenplay Competition Could Win You A $1 Million Dollar Production Budget

Attention, College Filmmakers: This Screenplay Competition Could Win You A $1 Million Dollar Production Budget
Producers Jason Shuman (“Lone Survivor”) and Zachary Green (“Spartan”) have announced the debut of the Launch, a first of its kind Million Dollar Screenplay Competition for college students. The competition will reward eight finalists with $100,000 grants each. The writer behind the grand prize-winning screenplay will receive a production budget of at least one million dollars to help him or her turn their script into a short or feature.

Launch is open to college students around the world enrolled in an accredited two-year, four-year college/university or graduate program. Screenplay submissions will be accepted Thursday, March 1 through Thursday, May 31 on the official Launch website. Winners will be announced in August. Production on the winning screenplay is being slated for Q4 2018.

The screenplays will be judged by the Launch Board of Advisors: casting sirector Barbara Fiorentino, screenwriter Eduardo Cisneros, Apa agent Chris Ridenhour, educator Madeleine Sherak, PhD, Valor Entertainment manager Carlos Bobadilla,
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Steven Soderbergh’s Cutting Edge, Throwback Thriller ‘Unsane’ [Berlin Review]

With perhaps the very faintest of asterisks beside “Haywire” and “The Girlfriend Experience” (and please don’t @ me if you’re fans of those films, they’re fine) Steven Soderbergh couldn’t make a bad film if he tried. That is a relief because most people choosing to deliver a lurid psych-thriller-meets-exploitation-flick shot entirely on an iPhone could be accused of trying very hard to make a bad film.
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Oscars 2018: Here Are the Cameras Used to Shoot The Films Nominated for Best Cinematography

Oscars 2018: Here Are the Cameras Used to Shoot The Films Nominated for Best Cinematography
Every cinematographer knows that picking the right camera and lens doesn’t create the look of a movie. Yet understanding how these Oscar-nominated cinematographers determined the right tools for these five distinctive films reveals not only their intention, but also their approach and process.

While shooting on film stock continues to make a comeback, with “prestige” period films in particular, what’s interesting is among this year’s Best Cinematography nominees — four of which are period films, three set against the backdrop of World War II — only “Dunkirk” was shot on film, as director Christopher Nolan and Dp Hoyte van Hoytema continue to pioneer the use of IMAX film cameras in traditional Hollywood filmmaking. The other four nominees relied on Arri’s Alexa cameras to capture looks as varied as the hot summer landscape of 1940s Mississippi to the wintery silver of Los Angeles 100 years afterward.

Here are the cinematographers
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‘Unsane’ Review: Steven Soderbergh’s iPhone-Shot Thriller is a Delicious Satire of Modern Technology — Berlinale 2018

‘Unsane’ Review: Steven Soderbergh’s iPhone-Shot Thriller is a Delicious Satire of Modern Technology — Berlinale 2018
Marketing materials for Steven Soderbergh’s “Unsane” stress that the newly un-retired filmmaker saw this nervy, iPhone-shot thriller as such a departure that he looked into releasing this film under a pseudonym. That in and of itself is hardly surprising for the film-craft polymath; he’s worked as a cinematographer and editor under the pseudonyms Peter Andrews and Mary Ann Bernard (which, fun fact, are the names of the director’s parents) for years. It’s more surprising that he would make such hoopla for this film. “Unsane” brims with curiosity about digital technology, discomfort with corporate bureaucracies, and is spiked through and through with icy wit – in short, it could never be anything but a Soderbergh film, and a particularly delicious one at that.

But success has many fathers, as the saying goes, and with its limited setting, punchy cast, and definite horror bite, the film is also very
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Jordan Peele Explains How ‘Get Out’ Script Change Reshaped The Film

With the Writer’s Guild of America having handed out the 2018 WGA screenplay award to “Get Out,” many are now expecting the Jordan Peele penned social satire to win the Best Original Screenplay Oscar come March 4th. The film was released almost one year ago to this day and it was almost impossible to think that this small-budgeted movie from one half of the comedy duo known as Key and Peele, would be the most critically acclaimed movie of 2017.
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Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer And Mark Hamill Among Latest 90th Oscars Presenters

The Oscars are less tan two weeks away and that means it’s time for the Academy to announce more presenters for the 90th Academy Awards. Joining host Jimmy Kimmel on the Oscars stage will be none other than Gal Gadot (“Wonder Woman”), Mark Hamill (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”), Best Supporting Actor snub Armie Hammer (“Call Me By Your Name”), Oscar Isaac (“Life Itself”), Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Mary Poppins Returns”), Gina Rodriguez (“Annihilation”), Oscar winner Eva Marie Saint (“On The Waterfront”), Wes Studi (“Wind River”), Kelly Marie Tran (“Downsizing”) and Zendaya (“The Greatest Showman”).
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‘Black Panther’ Oscar Chances: How it Could Rise Where ‘Wonder Woman’ Fell Short

‘Black Panther’ Oscar Chances: How it Could Rise Where ‘Wonder Woman’ Fell Short
It’s a familiar scenario. A comic-book movie, not directed by the usual white male, far exceeds expectations of quality, critical acclaim, and box office. And so the question rises: Could “Black Panther” be the genre movie that confounds conventional wisdom and ascends to the status of Best Picture Oscar contender? Or, like “Wonder Woman,” will it be shut out entirely?

Each year, the studios try to push their best genre successes beyond the technical ghetto. All Oscar campaigners want to convince critics, guilds, and Oscar voters that their movies rise to the level of art, but any fantasy, horror, thriller, action or comic-book movie is the camel that must pass through a needle to reach the Best Picture side.

The biggest exception was Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. All three films scored Best Picture nominations, and technical wins: “Fellowship” scored 13 nominations and wins for Makeup,
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Ricky Martin and Edgar Ramirez on Challenging Homophobia With ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’

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Ricky Martin and Edgar Ramirez on Challenging Homophobia With ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’
According to Edgar Ramirez and Ricky Martin, the fact that they’re playing partners Gianni Versace and Antonio D’Amico in the FX limited series “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” was “destiny.”

At the Television Critics Association Winter press tour, the pair told IndieWire that before “American Crime Story” executive producer Ryan Murphy invited Ramirez to star as the titular designer, the two were already acquainted. In fact, the day that Ramirez got the role officially, he and Martin had plans to do a gallery tour together in Los Angeles. “I entered the first gallery and said ‘Ricky, I’m sorry I’m late, I was just finalizing this call, I’m doing Gianni Versace.’ He was the first person I told,” he said.

“I was very happy for him,” Martin added. “Weeks later, Ryan called me and he tells me ‘I want to talk to you,
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‘The Cured’ Is A Zombie Movie With An Overly Familiar Bite [Review]

Fairly simple premise here: about a half-decade after a zombie outbreak fails to do much damage to Europe (but somehow does a number on Ireland), a cure for the zombie virus is discovered and former-zombies begin to be rehabilitated and brought back into society. Our hero is Senan (Sam Keeley), who once was a zombie but now is cured, and is made to live with his sister-in-law, Abbie (Ellen Page), as he reintegrates into society.
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Which The National Song Should Be the Title for Lead Singer Matt Berninger’s New TV Show?

Which The National Song Should Be the Title for Lead Singer Matt Berninger’s New TV Show?
The National lead singer Matt Berninger is currently developing a TV show based on his own life, according to Pitchfork. Following the “Crashing”/”Better Things”/”I’m Sorry” mold, Berninger would play a version of himself, as would his brother Tom. Working alongside Trent O’Donnell (creator of “No Activity” and the original Australian series that formed the basis for “Review”), the creative team for this new Berninger show would also include Matt’s wife Carin Besser.

What this show doesn’t have yet is a title. Since there’s a .001% chance it doesn’t take the name from one of The National’s songs, we thought we’d offer up our ideas for the series’ best prospective titles. Some of the band’s top songs don’t lend themselves well to a TV show. (“Empire Line” is objectively the greatest song of 2017, but it’s hard to see that
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Alex Garland Shares Details About His Sci-Fi FX Series ‘Devs’

One has to wonder how executives at Paramount are feeling today as ecstatic reviews for “Annihilation” have rolled in. The studio sold off the international rights to Alex Garland’s brainy sci-fi movie to Netflix, choosing to hang on to the picture in the United States, Canada, and China (they thought the movie was “too intellectual“). We’ll see if the decision comes back to haunt them, but for the director, it’s a big victory.
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The Most Astonishing TV Twists of the 21st Century, Ranked

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Television can offer magnificent surprises early, often, and anywhere in between. From series and pilots built around an unpredictable twist to moment-by-moment developments that’ll knock you for a loop, time is on TV’s side — and yours. Great thrillers, mysteries, and other dramatic fair can deliver shocking moments on the regular, while more and more comedies are also getting in on the risk/reward ratio benefitting those who know how to play the odds.

If fortune favors the bold, then consider what’s below a list of the boldest television auteurs (or at least their boldest gambles). Limiting it to 25 slots, IndieWire has culled the most shocking moments and best twists of the 21st century (so far). Each selection is indisputably memorable, meaningful, and — hopefully — not too morbid. Death can often be a surprise, so some of the selections below steer away from the sudden departures and look at other scenes with equal impact.
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Danny Boyle Would Be a Disastrous Choice to Direct the Next James Bond Movie — Opinion

Danny Boyle Would Be a Disastrous Choice to Direct the Next James Bond Movie — Opinion
Last April, when Daniel Craig confirmed that he would be returning for one final onslaught of Heineken commercials (and making another James Bond movie to support them), news of who would be helming the currently untitled 25th installment of the spy super-franchise seemed imminent. And yet, almost a year later, the director’s chair is still empty. With November 2019 just around the corner, it goes without saying that each tick of 007’s Omega Seamster 300 watch is starting to grow a little bit louder.

Rumors — fueled by the wishful thinking of fanboys everywhere — had it that Denis Villeneuve or Christopher Nolan might be up for the gig, but both of those multiplex titans have publicly taken themselves out of the running. Now, word on the street says that “Slumdog Millionaire” director Danny Boyle is “high on the list” of people who MGM and Eon Productions are considering for the gig.

Hiring
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Taking A Deeper Look At The ‘Black Panther’ Hype [Adjust Your Tracking Podcast]

All movies should be put in context, and reviewed as such…

On this episode of Adjust Your Tracking, Joe and I leap in to hyperbolic fray of admiration for the latest, record-breaking Marvel movie “Black Panther” (see our fair, even handed B+ review here). We both find lots to admire and enjoy about the movie, but it’s still a Marvel product and suffers accordingly.
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