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‘Hustlers’: How Lorene Scafaria Landed the Film’s Surprise Cameo for Her ‘Favorite Day on Set’

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‘Hustlers’: How Lorene Scafaria Landed the Film’s Surprise Cameo for Her ‘Favorite Day on Set’
[Editor’s note: The following post contains spoilers for “Hustlers.”]

Lorene Scafaria’s fact-based “Hustlers” is crammed with some serious star power, from leadsJennifer Lopez and Constance Wu to a stacked supporting cast that includes Cardi B, Lizzo, Trace Lysette, Keke Palmer, Mercedes Ruehl, Lili Reinhart, and Madeline Brewer, but the girl-powered stripper dramedy also includes one major male star among its ranks. Based on Jessica Pressler’s viral New York magazine story “The Hustlers at Scores,” Scafaria’s third film follows the eponymous hustlers at a Manhattan strip club as they move from pole dancing to glorified pickpocketing during an uneasy time in the American economy.

Set both before and after the financial crisis of the mid-aughts, “Hustlers” entertainingly dramatizes both the high-on-the-hog pre-collapse years at the club and what happens after (read: situations tough enough to make the hard-working ladies turn to crime to survive). In the middle of that shift between very different timelines, Scafaria finds the
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Toronto Correspondences #11: Old World, Lost World

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The Notebook is covering Tiff with an on-going correspondence between critics Fernando F. Croce Kelley Dong, and editor Daniel Kasman.The Wild Goose LakeDear Kelley and Danny,When this dispatch reaches you, I shall be back in my Californian abode, exhausted and slightly under the weather and elated to have been able to have spent the last ten days immersed in movies and friends. I’ll keep the sentiment short so we can get more quickly to my final viewings, but do know that I wait all year to be at Tiff with you, and that I happily carry your kindness and cinephiliac knowledge and passion with me home.I absolutely get what you mean about that much-needed jolt during the festival, Danny. For me, that came in the form of Diao Yinan's The Wild Goose Lake, an invigorating dive into the Chinese underworld that at times plays like Carol Reed
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Toronto Correspondences #8: Immersions

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The Notebook is covering Tiff with an on-going correspondence between critics Fernando F. CroceKelley Dong, and editor Daniel Kasman.Sound of MetalDear Danny and Kelley,I always love reading your reports on the experimental marvels at the Wavelengths program, a selection of works that thrive on a critic’s appreciation for pure form and sensory abstraction. It’s a corner of Tiff, and a corner of cinema, I frankly feel guilty for not being familiar with, and for not seeking it out—a deficient aspect of my cinephilia, to be sure, or perhaps it’s that I prefer to look for the experimental elements of narrative films. Darius Marder’s Sound of Metal, for instance, has a soundscape that is unusually attentive and adventurous for a mainstream melodrama, ranging from high-decibel thrashing to painful-ethereal quietude. Surrounded by his drums in a darkened stage, his tattooed torso tense as a heavy
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‘Game of Thrones’: Creative Arts Dominance Predicts Primetime Emmy Coronation

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‘Game of Thrones’: Creative Arts Dominance Predicts Primetime Emmy Coronation
At the 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, “Game of Thrones'” craft dominance was a testament to both its cultural impact and cumulative excellence. The HBO juggernaut grabbed 10 awards (out of 18 nominations) for its final season. The series won for casting, fantasy/sci-fi costumes, editing, main title design, music composition, makeup (non-prosthetic), sound editing, sound mixing, special visual effects, and stunt coordination — but significantly, the editing victory for “The Long Night” is the key predictor for next Monday’s outstanding drama Emmy win, since five of the last seven winners have gone on to take the big prize.

The series’ final season was capped by the extraordinary work of costume designer Michele Clapton and the VFX team led by supervisor Joe Bauer. Clapton earned her fifth Emmy, concluding with Sansa’s (Sophie Turner) wolfish coronation gown with metal bodice, wielding both power and respect. And the VFX dwarfed all previous annihilation
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‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Chernobyl’ & ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Dominate Creative Arts Emmys Night Two

After handing out 46 winners last night, the Television Academy bestowed another 49 winners on Sunday night for the second and final night of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards. The remaining honors will be announced on Sunday, Sept. 22nd during a primetime telecast on Fox. Tonight’s winners, in particular, showed a potentially fierce battle brewing for Comedy Series between “Fleabag” (two wins tonight), “Barry” (2 sound wins tonight)“Marvelous Mrs.

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‘An Emmy For Megan’ Loses Both Emmys (Again) — But Do We All Win a Third Season?

‘An Emmy For Megan’ Loses Both Emmys (Again) — But Do We All Win a Third Season?
Emmy voters have spoken, and they love “An Emmy For Megan” — so much, that they demand a Season 3. After promising to end her Emmy-nominated short-form series “An Emmy For Megan” if it won an Emmy for its second season, Megan Amram again went home empty-handed from the Creative Arts Emmys, losing for Outstanding Short-Form Series (Comedy or Drama) and Outstanding Actor in a Short-Form Series in 2019. (Patton Oswalt was nominated for the latter.)

An Emmy For Megan” also lost both categories it was nominated for in 2018, Best Short-Form Series and Best Actress (Amram).

This year, “An Emmy For Megan” was denied by SundanceTV’s “State of the Union.” Starring Chris O’Dowd and Rosamind Pike — both of whom won Emmys in the acting categories — the 10-episode first season from author Nick Hornby and director Stephen Frears took home the Emmy for Best Short-Form Series, as well, going three-for-three on Sunday night.
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‘Chernobyl’: Jakob Ihre Wins Emmy for Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series or Movie

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Jakob Ihre’s work on “Chernobyl”‘s second episode earned him his first Emmy for Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series or Movie Sunday evening at the Creative Arts Emmys.

The HBO historical miniseries, which dramatized the Soviet Union’s 1986 nuclear disaster, did not shy away from painting bleak pictures. “Please Remain Calm,” the series’ second episode, followed the events that occurred several hours after the explosion, including the eventual evacuation of Pripyat.

Chernobyl”‘s harrowing cinematography is one of many reasons the miniseries became a breakout hit for HBO. IndieWire’s Ben Travers lauded the series’ bleak atmosphere and emotional weight in his A- review.

Although 2019 was the first year that Ihre was nominated for an Emmy, the cinematographer has been on the rise in Hollywood for years. Ihre was recognized by IndieWire in 2015 as one of the industry’s rising cinematographers due to his exceptional work on projects
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‘Country Music’: From Johnny Cash to Racism, Ken Burns’ New Docuseries Rubs Between Fact and Lore

‘Country Music’: From Johnny Cash to Racism, Ken Burns’ New Docuseries Rubs Between Fact and Lore
Musician Rosanne Cash is used to speaking about her father Johnny Cash. After all, she’s been living in his shadow her entire life and even wrote a memoir in 2010 that in part examines her rocky relationship with him. But for Ken Burns’ new miniseries “Country Music” – which details the creation of modern country music – she was unprepared for the emotional journey that revisiting the past would bring.

“Well, some places they went were painful like, ‘What did you sing at your dad’s deathbed?'” Rosanne Cash told IndieWire. “I think that was the first time I told that.”

Country Music,” delves into these details – not to mine personal tragedy – but to highlight the often complex and tumultuous lives that these legends in the industry led. So much heartache, loneliness, and yes, drama, made headlines and yet simultaneously fueled art.

Straight From the Musician’s Mouth

There’s an additional storytelling benefit,
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Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2019: The Best of the 2019 Red Carpet — Day Two

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Here we go again! It’s day two of the 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, and the stars are gathering in downtown L.A. for the celebration at the Microsoft Theater – and on a slightly less hot day. IndieWire has rounded up the best of the red carpet.

More from IndieWire'Game of Thrones': Creative Arts Dominance Predicts Primetime Emmy Coronation'Chernobyl': Jakob Ihre Wins Emmy for Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series or MovieComplete Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2019 Winners List: 'Game of Thrones' Torches Competitors
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Advantage, ‘Jojo Rabbit’: Here’s What Happens After the Tiff Audience Award

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Advantage, ‘Jojo Rabbit’: Here’s What Happens After the Tiff Audience Award
The morning after “Jojo Rabbit” made its world premiere in Toronto, Taika Waititi, the 44-year-old New Zealand actor-writer-director, was understandably confused. His movie played through the roof with audiences who cheered his lighthearted but serious fable about a lonely young Nazi enthusiast (Roman Griffin Davis) and his imaginary friend Hitler (Waititi), who finds himself fighting for dominance with a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) hidden by his activist mother (Scarlett Johansson) behind a wall in his house.

But the day after its debut the film was hovering around 50 on Metacritic. That’s why figuring out the Oscar potential for this movie is dicey. You don’t have to have critical acclaim to win an Oscar. Look at “Bohemian Rhapsody” last year (Metacritic: 49). But that was a worldwide $893 million blockbuster based on the enormous appeal of Queen and Freddie Mercury. The Oscar win went to Rami Malek.

While “Jojo Rabbit” may play well to Academy voters,
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‘Hustlers’ Shows Strength of Female-Centered Fare as ‘The Goldfinch’ Fails to Fly

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‘Hustlers’ Shows Strength of Female-Centered Fare as ‘The Goldfinch’ Fails to Fly
Mid-September is not normally prime box office, but this weekend provided some encouragement as we move into a fall that will determine whether the market will reverse the trend that has domestic results 6% below last year.

“Hustlers” planted the flag for the cause of comedies, original projects, and women front and center with a stronger-than-anticipated $33 million. That was good enough for second place, behind “It: Chapter Two,” which managed to keep its second-weekend drop to reasonable levels and a total just under $41 million that maintained the #1 slot. A particularly strong group of small-drop holdovers also added to decent results.

And then there was the absolutely dreadful #8 with “The Goldfinch,” which grossed $2.64 million. Its failure, which Warner Bros. can sustain, will have more long-term impact than most similar high-end duds.

What emerged was a weekend total that should end up over $110 million, enough to slightly surpass the same date last year.
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Smells Like Teen Spirit: Three Locarno Standouts Consider the Beauty and Torment of Being a Teenager

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The following essay was produced as part of the 2019 Locarno Critics Academy, a workshop for aspiring film critics that took place during the 72nd edition of the Locarno Film Festival.

Growing up is hard.

For an adolescent just making their way into the world, it seems like the physical changes, mood swings, and all the conflicting emotions that come with transitioning into adulthood are the most cataclysmic events in the world — a matter of life and death.

But what does it mean to observe this period from some distance, particularly through the cold lens of a movie camera? ‘’I probably never saw a happy teenager.” Italian director David Maldi remarked casually while promoting his new film “L’Apprendistato,” which premiered at the 72nd Locarno Festival in the Cineasti del presente competition.

It might seem like a joke, but Maldi takes very seriously this job of documenting adolescence, especially as a
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Diverse Creators, a Bridge to the Publishing Community, and First-Time Filmmakers in the Project Forum: Ifp Talks the 2019 Ifp Week

Kicking off today in and around Dumbo New York is Ifp Week, the yearly annual conference and coproduction market produced by Independent Filmmaker Project. Today’s events include a day of panels and talks at Bric, with the event then moving to Ifp’s home, the Made in New York Media Center, as well as other nearby locations. In recent years Ifp Week has developed an identity far from its origins as a scrappy, sometimes over-the-top market for finished independent films unspooling at the Angelika’s basement theaters. The heart of the event is now the much more sober Project Forum, which connects […]
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Diverse Creators, a Bridge to the Publishing Community, and First-Time Filmmakers in the Project Forum: Ifp Talks the 2019 Ifp Week

Kicking off today in and around Dumbo New York is Ifp Week, the yearly annual conference and coproduction market produced by Independent Filmmaker Project. Today’s events include a day of panels and talks at Bric, with the event then moving to Ifp’s home, the Made in New York Media Center, as well as other nearby locations. In recent years Ifp Week has developed an identity far from its origins as a scrappy, sometimes over-the-top market for finished independent films unspooling at the Angelika’s basement theaters. The heart of the event is now the much more sober Project Forum, which connects […]
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Oscars Next? ‘Jojo Rabbit’ Wins The Coveted Tiff People’s Choice Award

The Toronto International Film Festival Grolsch People’s Choice Award is the critical prize in the fall film festival season because it often makes for Oscar gold. Since 2008, ten of the last eleven People’s Choice Winner have gone to score Oscar Best Picture nominations, and four have won, including last year’s double winner “Green Book.” And at the very least, winning the People’s Choice Awards makes you a top awards contender that dominates the field, usually taking home multiple statues.

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‘Jojo Rabbit’ Claims Tiff Audience Award

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‘Jojo Rabbit’ Claims Tiff Audience Award
Director Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit” took home the Toronto International Film Festival’s 2019 Audience Award on Sunday, with Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” and Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” claiming the runner-up prizes.

The Tiff People’s Choice Award has, in recent years, presaged an eventual Best Picture Academy Award nominee — and, in some cases, a winner. Last year’s prize went to Best Picture winner “Green Book,” and previous winners include “La La Land,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” “Room,” and “Silver Linings Playbook.”

Critics were not in love with “Jojo Rabbit,” as the film currently sits with a score of 52 on Metacritic. This is an arthouse movie, not a destined-for-the-mainstream global phenomenon, which is anomaly in Tiff Grolsch People’s Choice Award history.

“We saw firsthand how Toronto International Film Festival audiences responded to ‘Jojo Rabbit.’ We’re incredibly proud of this film,
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Russos Say Sony Is Making A “Tragic” Mistake Trying To Replicate The McU With The Spider-Verse

With the writing looking like it’s on the wall—the divorce about as final as it can be at this point—people are still mourning the split between Sony’s “Spider-Man” and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. By the sound of all the various reports over the last few weeks, Sony, and even Tom Holland still believe they can make a robust Spider-verse on their own and Marvel is terribly occupied given that they have a whole slate of Disney+ Marvel limited series to add to their workload.

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Acclaimed ‘Monos’ Leads Slow Build-Up to Fall Box Office Primetime

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Until the glittery array of recent Toronto International Film Festival launches hit theaters this fall, the arthouse business is ramp-up to the coming onslaught.

Though modest, the top performer was “Monos,” which Neon picked up at Sundance. The Colombian Oscar submission landed initial top theaters and mostly good reviews. But like most subtitled films, it faces some audience resistance. Coming soon; popular Tiff hits from Bong Joon Ho (Neon’s “Parasite”) and Pedro Almodovar (Spc’s “Pain and Glory”).

Two wider titles continue to show interest: both “The Peanut Butter Falcon” (Roadside Attractions) and “Brittany Runs a Marathon” (Amazon) grossed over $1 million, benefiting from less competition for now, as theaters don’t have a lot to play.

Opening

Monos (Neon) – Metacritic: 75; Festivals include: Sundance, Berlin, New Directors/New Films 2019

$43,285 in 5 theaters; PTA: $8,657

At a time when subtitled films struggle to find audiences, Neon deserves points for taking on the acclaimed
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Memo to Distributors: Buy These 2019 Movies From Tiff, Telluride, and Venice

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Memo to Distributors: Buy These 2019 Movies From Tiff, Telluride, and Venice
This year’s Toronto International Film Festival was hardly devoid of marketplace activity, as several major buyers picked up films with commercial potential, from crowdpleasers like “Military Wives” (Bleecker Street) and “Sound of Metal” (Amazon Studios) to midnight entry “The Platform” (Netflix). But Tiff’s 333 features contained a lot of great movies that still need homes in North America. Here’s our plea to all the buyers out there to give these cinematic gems a chance.

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Amanda Seyfried Joins Horror Thriller By The Filmmakers Of ‘American Splendor’

Markdown Amanda Seyfried as the latest combatant entering the fray of the great streaming wars set to begin in a few weeks. From Pedro Pascal and the McU’s cast of heroes to Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, the incoming Apple+ and Disney+ streaming platforms have fortified their armories of A-list talent for original shows that will be fighting for the attention of a Netflix-loving world.

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