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‘Happy as Lazzaro’: Martin Scorsese Added as Executive Producer to Alice Rohrwacher’s Potential Oscar Entry — Exclusive

‘Happy as Lazzaro’: Martin Scorsese Added as Executive Producer to Alice Rohrwacher’s Potential Oscar Entry — Exclusive
Three-time filmmaker Alice Rohrwacher has earned plenty of fans over the course of her career: The Cannes Film Festival programmed her last two films, “The Wonders” and this year’s “Happy as Lazzaro,” and the New York Film Festival, which welcomed her as its 2016 artist-in-residence. But as she brings her dreamy, time-spanning “Lazzaro” to both NYFF and an upcoming Netflix release, she’s picked up another notable admirer: Martin Scorsese.

As the film enters the awards season fray, Scorsese has joined the project as an executive producer. It’s not the first time he’s lent his attention and name to the work of a rising filmmaker. In 2017, Scorsese launched his Emerging Filmmaker Fund — a joint venture with Brazilian producer Rodrigo Teixeira — which celebrated its first film project with another Cannes regular, Jonas Carpignano’s drama “A Ciambra.” That film premiered in Cannes Film Festival’s Director’s Fortnight section,
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‘Valley of the Boom’ Creator and Cast on Telling the True Story of the Internet With Crazy Weird Twists

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‘Valley of the Boom’ Creator and Cast on Telling the True Story of the Internet With Crazy Weird Twists
The story of how the rise of the Internet changed the world is an important one, but it can also be a little dry. That’s why creator Matthew Carnahan, when tackling the subject for the upcoming Nat Geo series “Valley of the Boom,” decided to have some fun with it.

“I’m interested in the subject matter, but not that interested,” he explained during a panel at the Tribeca TV festival, where in the two episodes screened, the story of three rising companies during the 1990s tech boom was told with documentary interviews, scripted reenactments, moments of breaking the fourth wall, interpretative dance, and a rap battle. “I just like to play with that stuff, always, and the prankster-ism of the piece is all in service of bringing the audience in on the fun, rather than it being this dry observational experience.”

Joined by cast members Bradley Whitford, Steve Zahn,
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Meryl Streep Wants Her Best Friend Tracey Ullman to Run for President

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The Season 3 premiere of “Tracey Ullman’s Show” at Tribeca TV turned into a major lovefest between two legends on Friday evening in New York. Introduced by Tribeca founder Jane Rosenthal as “Tracey Ullman’s very best dearest friend,” Meryl Streep joined Ullman for a post-screening Q&A that covered not just the breadth of Ullman’s career, but the deep bond between the two actors.

“I met you when I was 32,” Streep said, “and I said to my husband, ‘I think I’ve made a new friend.’ It’s hard to make a new friend when you’re old and famous.”

The pair met when Ullman, then 21, and Streep were cast in the 1985 film “Plenty.” They have remained close since — as evidenced by a natural banter that sometimes slipped into the pair singing together on stage. “We had babies at the same time, shared life experiences,” Ullman said. “People ask me,
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‘Roma’ Gets Company: Why the Foreign Language Oscar Race Is Heating Up — IndieWire’s Movie Podcast

‘Roma’ Gets Company: Why the Foreign Language Oscar Race Is Heating Up — IndieWire’s Movie Podcast
Ever since it premiered at the Venice Film Festival, “Roma” has been the sensation of the fall season. It won Venice’s Golden Lion, wowed critics from Telluride to Tiff, and stands to continue that crowdpleasing trajectory at the New York Film Festival. As Netflix enters awards season with an Oscar campaign off to the races, Alfonso Cuaron’s black-and-white paean to his youth in Mexico seems like an obvious frontrunner for best foreign language film, in addition to other major categories. But “Roma” is going to have a lot of company from around the world, as several countries have now revealed the movies they will be submitting to the race, from Israel to Sweden. In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson discuss which foreign language contenders they’ve already seen — and which ones have already dropped out of the running. They also touch
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‘Maniac’ Review: Breaking Down an Enticing Ending with Many Meanings and One Powerful Message — Spoilers

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for the Netflix limited series, “Maniac,” including the ending.]

Maniac” is an experiment in and of itself. The warping genres, tones, and story structure within creator Patrick Somerville and director Cary Fukunaga’s 10-part limited series make it a story that demands close inspection, while Annie (Emma Stone) and Owen (Jonah Hill) team up for a moving story that helps to justify the time needed to study it.

Is it successful? Yes and no, but more often leaning toward the former. As noted in IndieWire’s spoiler-free review, “Maniac” lacks the finesse to effortlessly convey its deeper meanings, but the onscreen strain is intriguing in its own right. By the end of the series, many of the pieces click into place — just not in the way you might think. The core narrative wraps up, sure, but little conspicuous clues and seemingly offhand stories (that could be forgotten in the swirl of information) earn callbacks,
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John C. Reilly’s Producing Partner and Wife, Alison Dickey, Is the Secret Hero of ‘The Sisters Brothers’

John C. Reilly’s Producing Partner and Wife, Alison Dickey, Is the Secret Hero of ‘The Sisters Brothers’
From his melancholic Oscar-nominated turn in “Chicago” to feuding with Will Ferrell in “Step Brothers,” John C. Reilly is the rare American actor to oscillate from dramatic roles to broad comedies. His wife, Alison Dickey, has always hoped to unite those two modes. “We’ve been together a long time,” said Dickey. An independent producer, she met Reilly when she was working as Sean Penn’s assistant on the set of “Casualties of War” in 1989. “I’ve seen the whole trajectory of his career. I’m so well aware of what he’s capable of doing. I always feel somewhat satisfied and somewhat unsatisfied after I watch a film of his, just in terms of wanting to get the whole palette.”

Eventually, she decided to do something about it. While developing her own projects, Dickey scouted for talent on the festival circuit. It was her enthusiasm for Mark and Jay Duplass
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‘I Think We’re Alone Now’: Peter Dinklage Wishes More Directors Were as Prepared as Reed Morano

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‘I Think We’re Alone Now’: Peter Dinklage Wishes More Directors Were as Prepared as Reed Morano
Emmy-winning director Reed Morano knows you might expect to hear ’80s pop star Tiffany sing during her new indie film. “I used to like the song when I was young, and now I fucking hate it,” she said with a laugh. “It’s like the bane of my existence.” She believed audiences would find its inclusion contrived and obvious, but she was wrong: “People were mad that the song wasn’t in the movie. ”

Now, she’s turned the situation into a metaphor that fits the film: “The whole movie is about, ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover.’ So, there you go.”

“I Think We’re Alone Now,” available via VOD and in theaters now, features “Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage as Del, a librarian who found a sustainable routine following a pandemic that left him as one of the planet’s last remaining humans. As written
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‘The Good Cop’ Review: Josh Groban Isn’t a Bad Cop or a Bad Actor, But He’s a Huge Problem in This Bland Netflix Comedy

‘The Good Cop’ Review: Josh Groban Isn’t a Bad Cop or a Bad Actor, But He’s a Huge Problem in This Bland Netflix Comedy
Tony Danza and Josh Groban’s good cop/bad cop routine is busted, but not for the reasons you might think. For one, Danza is great as the corrupt detective kicked off the force in very public fashion. His Tony Sr. is a joke-teller, barroom crooner, and all-around man of the people; the kind of lovable wiseguy you would immediately forgive for any well-intentioned indiscretions… unless, that is, he’s your father. Tony Jr., or Tj (Groban), is the exact opposite of his dear ol’ dad — not that he’s unlovable; he just follows every rule, from specific points within the police code (he often cites others for “infractions”) to the implied but oft-violated social agreements like refusing to pick up an unclaimed quarter.

One guy is a beloved bad cop, the other is an ostracized good one. The odd couple setup is obvious, simple, and certainly solid enough to carry a crime-of-the-week procedural — or,
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Art House Theater Day Returns With ‘Thunder Road,’ ‘Schlock,’ and More

Art House Theater Day Returns With ‘Thunder Road,’ ‘Schlock,’ and More
For the third consecutive year, the Art House Convergence is presenting Art House Theater Day — this time on Sunday, September 23. The festivities will take place at more than 150 theaters across the country and include advance screenings of SXSW Grand Jury Prize winner “Thunder Road” and Sundance favorite “The Guilty,” among others.

“Art House Theater Day gives film lovers the chance to celebrate the physical spaces where cinema truly comes alive,” Art House Theater Day co-director Gabriel Chicoine says in a statement. “Now, more than ever, the world needs thought-provoking, meaningful and life-changing art, and the venues in which to experience it. Art House Theater Day acknowledges the vibrant and multifaceted independent film culture that can only exist with the support of intrepid filmmakers, exhibitors and most importantly — audiences.”

Also playing is “Shlock,” the first film from “Animal House” and “An American Werewolf in London” director John Landis, which follows a
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New Nyff Trailer Hypes Up Everything You Can Expect From The Festival Including Talks, Premieres, & Classics

If you guys were keeping track, you might have noticed that the last few weeks have been all about the fall festivals. All told, we posted approximately 50 reviews from Tiff and another 30-ish from Venice and Telluride. You would assume that by now that we’re all burnt out on festival coverage. Well, you’re wrong! In fact, we’re counting down the days until the 56th New York Film Festival that starts next Friday.

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‘Forever’ Co-Creators on That Incredible Episode 6 Curveball and the Possibilities for Season 2

[Note: The following interview contains spoilers for the Amazon series “Forever.”]

“Andre and Sarah” is one of the best short films of 2018. Within the overall framework of “Forever,” the new Amazon series that explores the strains and strengths of a marriage through multiple realms of existence, the sixth of the eight episodes functions as its own self-contained story.

Jason Mitchell and Hong Chau play the title characters of the episode, two real estate professionals whose chance meeting at an open house leads to a decades-long love affair. As series co-creators Alan Yang and Matt Hubbard told IndieWire, it’s a half hour of surprises that was tied into the conception of the show almost from the beginning.

“When Hubbard and I started talking about the show early on, there was an idea that came up that Maya’s character could be watching some other lives transpiring over the course of many, many years, even going into decades,” Yang said.
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BlacKkKlansman Dp Chayse Irvin on Shooting with Expired Ektachrome and the Spike Lee Dolly

Early in Spike Lee’s collaboration with Chayse Irvin, the venerable director asked his cinematographer if there was anything special he needed for BlacKkKlansman. Irvin answered, “a third camera”—an extravagance on a low budget movie, but one Irvin believed would allow him “to take massive risks on every scene, whether it be a unique angle or the freedom to use a lens that was flawed.” Irvin embraced that self-imposed mandate for boldness by employing imperfect vintage lenses, “flashing” the image with a contrast-reducing filter and dusting off long-expired film stock. Never one to wilt in the face of risky choices, Lee […]
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BlacKkKlansman Dp Chayse Irvin on Shooting with Expired Ektachrome and the Spike Lee Dolly

Early in Spike Lee’s collaboration with Chayse Irvin, the venerable director asked his cinematographer if there was anything special he needed for BlacKkKlansman. Irvin answered, “a third camera”—an extravagance on a low budget movie, but one Irvin believed would allow him “to take massive risks on every scene, whether it be a unique angle or the freedom to use a lens that was flawed.” Irvin embraced that self-imposed mandate for boldness by employing imperfect vintage lenses, “flashing” the image with a contrast-reducing filter and dusting off long-expired film stock. Never one to wilt in the face of risky choices, Lee […]
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Todd Haynes Sets ‘Dry Run’ as Next Film, Eyes Mark Ruffalo to Star in Du Pont Family-Inspired Drama

Todd Haynes Sets ‘Dry Run’ as Next Film, Eyes Mark Ruffalo to Star in Du Pont Family-Inspired Drama
Todd Haynes is set to return behind the camera as director of Participant Media’s “Dry Run.” The movie marks the rare directorial effort from Haynes that he hasn’t developed himself. “Dry Run” is written by Matthew Carnahan, best known for creating television series such as “Dirt” and “House of Lies.” Mark Ruffalo is attached as producer and is considering starring in the drama, Variety reports.

Plot specifics about “Dry Run” are remaining under wraps for now, although the movie is described as being loosely based on the Du Pont family. The Du Ponts are one of the most famous and richest families in America, and their history dates back to the late 18th century when E.I. du Pont came to America and made a fortune as a gunpowder manufacturer. It’s unclear at this time whether or not “Dry Run” is a period piece focusing on an E.
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Adds New Cast Member Ego Nwodim As Featured Player, Plus Four New Writers

‘Saturday Night Live’ Adds New Cast Member Ego Nwodim As Featured Player, Plus Four New Writers
Saturday Night Live” has added Los Angeles-based comedian Ego Nwodim as a featured player for its 44th season, NBC announced Friday. “SNL” also added Alan Linic, Alison Gates, Eli Mandel and Bowen Yang to its roster of writers. Nwodim will make her “SNL” debut when the famed sketch comedy series premieres its 44th season, September 29 with host Adam Driver and musical guest Kanye West.

Nwodim is a performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater in Los Angeles, was named a New Face at the Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival in 2016, and participated in the CBS Diversity Showcase that same year. She has previously appeared onscreen in “Adam Ruins Everything,” “2 Broke Girls,” and “Singularity.”

The new writers all have improv backgrounds; Linic and Gates trained at Chicago’s “Second City,” Mandel at Chicago’s iO Theater, and Yang at New York’s Upright Citizens Brigade. Yang is the co-host
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Retro-Style Trailer For The New ‘Halloween’ Gives The History Of The “Boogeyman” Michael Myers

“The Boogeyman is real, and now, he’s back.”

The newest trailer for “Halloween” is perhaps the most simple, yet effective, of the bunch. Starting with grainy TV-style footage retelling the mythos surrounding Michael Myers and what he did to his sister and a few teens on those infamous nights, the trailer perfectly encapsulates what people can expect from this new sequel that looks to be the best since the 1978 original.

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‘My Dinner with Hervé’ Trailer: Peter Dinklage Sheds Light On The Hard-Partying Star Of ‘Fantasy Island’

Even though he was one of the most popular actors of his time, not much is known about Hervé Villechaize. In fact, people don’t even know where he’s from. Wikipedia, admittedly not the best of resources, started a social media controversy surrounding the film because the folks that read the site believed that Villechaize was from the Philippines. This sparked a whitewashing controversy surrounding Peter Dinklage’s casting in the new film “My Dinner with Hervé.”

Read More: Peter Dinklage Shuts Down ‘Hervé’ Whitewashing Backlash: “I Would Never Do That And I Haven’t Done That”

Luckily, HBO’s new film is going to set the record straight, for better or worse.

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Marvel’s ‘The Eternals’ Finds Its Director in ‘The Rider’ Helmer Chloé Zhao

Marvel’s ‘The Eternals’ Finds Its Director in ‘The Rider’ Helmer Chloé Zhao
After making one of the most acclaimed films of the year with “The Rider[/link],” Chloé Zhao[/link] is set to take on a considerably larger project: Marvel[/link]’s “The Eternals[/link].” She’ll become just the second woman to helm a film for the studio, as next year’s “Captain Marvel[/link]” is co-directed by Anna Boden[/link]; the first 20 movies, from “Iron Man[/link]” and “Avengers: Infinity War[/link]” to “Guardians of the Galaxy[/link]” and “Thor: Ragnarok[/link],” all come from male directors.

“The Eternals” leans toward the stranger end of the Marvel spectrum, taking place millions of years in the past and concerning cosmic beings called Celestials whose experiments on humans result in both heroes and villains with supernatural abilities. It’s a far cry from the subject of Zhao’s breakout film, which premiered at Sundance last year and was nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards (including Best Feature and Best Director). One imagines
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Los Angeles Film Festival Launches, Hopefully Without an Identity Crisis

Los Angeles Film Festival Launches, Hopefully Without an Identity Crisis
Last year’s annual Los Angeles Film Festival started June 14 with Colin Trevorrow’s ill-fated “The Book of Henry” as its opening-night film, and continued with a program full of emerging independent filmmakers. The result was rock-bottom attendance with minimal press coverage, save from media sponsor The Los Angeles Times.

This year marks its first in a fall slot (September 20-28), a berth between the Toronto and New York film festivals. The opening-night premiere by record exec-turned filmmaker Andrew Slater was La-centric music documentary “Echo in the Canyon;” held at the outdoor John Ford Amphitheater, a balmy Jakob Dylan and Michelle Phillips concert followed.

Is this the vibe that will let Laff finally find its identity? Produced by Film Independent and now in its 24th year, the festival was once a summer home for quality international titles, then a place for world-premiere indie titles and films from under-represented demographics, it
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‘The House With A Clock In Its Walls’ Is Somewhat Charming But Doesn’t Quite Spellbound [Review]

There’s a storied history of horror directors making their way into family entertainment. The most apparent contemporary examples include Sam Raimi and Peter Jackson, two low-rent schlock masters who worked their way up the ranks via into the blockbuster scene — both to wonderful results, with the “Spider-Man” trilogy and “The Lord of the Rings” films, respectively. And since Eli Roth was indebted to the influences of his very well-established predecessors, Jackson and Raimi (perhaps even to a fault), it was only a matter of time before he followed in their footsteps and made his own family-friendly motion picture, one that was divorced from the shock and maybe even the cruelty of his early work.

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