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Grasshopper Film Acquires Robert Greene’s Bisbee ’17

Grasshopper Film Acquires Robert Greene’s Bisbee ’17
Grasshopper Film announced today the acquisition of Us distribution rights to Bisbee ‘17, the latest documentary from filmmaker Robert Greene. Following its theatrical release, Bisbee ‘17 will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, and streaming platforms this spring, as well as on the non-theatrical market. From the press release: Bisbee ‘17 follows several members of a close-knit community as they attempt to reckon with their town’s darkest hour. In 1917, nearly two-thousand immigrant miners, on strike for better wages and safer working conditions, were violently rounded up by their armed neighbors, herded onto cattle cars, shipped to the middle of the New Mexican desert, and […]
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‘Adult Life Skills’: Jodie Whittaker’s Outstanding Performance Elevates The Otherwise Thinly-Plotted Film [Review]

A charming shell of a picture with not much substance at its center, “Adult Life Skills” makes a run at several interesting themes and tropes yet veers away from each before any contact is made. An arrested development recipe with dashes of grief processing thrown in for flavor, the cinematic stew doesn’t ever come together, largely owing to half-baked character and narrative work. And while a deft directorial touch and magnificent performances elevate the material, it’s all in the service of a story whose dots just don’t connect.

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The World Loves Marie Kondo, But It Was America That Needed Her

The World Loves Marie Kondo, But It Was America That Needed Her
In 2016, two years after the English translation of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” became a best-seller, Marie Kondo moved to Los Angeles to establish her home organization consultancy in America. Amidst her culture shock, the Japanese native soon realized her new country also provided something that her homeland did not: unprecedented levels of clutter on which to practice her art.

On Netflix’s “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo,” we see her gently guide clients to confront years of accumulation: towering stacks of baseball cards, never-worn athletic shoes literally decaying in the box. Kondo admits that one client, an empty-nester obsessed with collecting Christmas nutcracker dolls, has more clothes than she has ever encountered.

“Japanese homes are much smaller than American homes,” Kondo said through her interpreter, Marie Iida, who also appears on the show. “American homes have ample space so that it’s a difference of quantity.
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Missing FilmStruck? Ovid.TV, a New Arthouse Streaming Service, Will Launch in March

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With FilmStruck gone and Fandor recently sold to a new entity, cinephiles would appear to be running out of streaming services catered toward them. Here to fill that void is Ovid.TV, a new venture from six different independent film distributors — Bullfrog Films, Distrib Films Us, First Run Features, Grasshopper Film, Icarus Films, and KimStim — set to launch in March. In a statement announcing the new Svod platform, Ovid is is said to be “designed to provide North American viewers with access to thousands of mostly un-streamable documentaries, independent films, and notable works of international cinema.”

Jonathan Miller of Icarus Films, who will serve as director of Ovid, said, “the time for this kind of partnership is now, as the streaming giants focus on generating fast-turnaround new content, this coalition will offer new access to high-quality catalogs found nowhere else, featuring some of the most celebrated filmmakers and films in the canon.
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‘Roma’ Lands Mpse Golden Reel Nominations

‘Roma’ Lands Mpse Golden Reel Nominations
“A Quiet Place, “Black Panther,” “First Man,” and “Roma” each scored three sound editing nominations for the the 66th annual Mpse Golden Reel Awards (to be held February 17th and the Westin Bonaventure Hotel).

They will compete for dialogue/Adr, effects/foley, and music underscore. Honored in the musical category were “A Star Is Born,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and “Mary Poppins Returns.”

Read More: ‘A Quiet Place,’ ‘Black Panther, ‘First Man’ Lead Cas Sound Mixing Nominations

Other dialog/Adr nominees included “A Star Is Born,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Green Book,” “Mary Poppins Returns,” “Mission Impossible: Fallout,” and “The Favourite.” Also competing for effects/foley are “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Deadpool 2, ” “Mission Impossible: Fallout,” and “”Ready Player One.” The other music underscore nominees included “Aquaman,” “Isle of Dogs,” “Mission Impossible: Fallout,” “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” and “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.”

Among the foreign film entries were “2.0,” “Capernaum,” “Cold War,” “The Guilty,” “Never Look Away,
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‘Deadpool’ Writers Say ‘X-Force’ & ‘Deadpool 3’ Are Still The Plan Moving Forward Despite Disney Purchase

2019 is going to be a transitional year for the entire Fox studio, but also, on a smaller level, the entire “X-Men” superhero franchise. With two films, presumably lame ducks, coming out later this year, the stage is set for Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios to reboot the whole damn thing once the Disney/Fox merger finalizes something in the next two months.

While fans are anxiously awaiting the mutants to join the Avengers and the rest of the McU, there’s the little problem of Deadpool.

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‘O.G.’ Trailer: Tribeca Award-Winning Film Stars Jeffrey Wright As An Inmate Struggling To Do Good

Damn, Jeffrey Wright is a hell of an actor. Yes, we’re aware that’s not some revelation or surprising statement, but it doesn’t make it less true. Whether it’s his work on HBO’s hit series “Westworld,” Jeremy Saulnier’s underrated “Hold the Dark,” or even the Ya adventure “Hunger Games,” Wright is an acting chameleon in the greatest sense of the word.

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The Most Anticipated Films By Female Filmmakers In 2019

2018 may have revitalized the “Year of the Woman” in politics, but it was also an outstanding year for female filmmakers. Auteurs like Karyn Kusama (“Destroyer”), Debra Granik (“Leave No Trace”), and Lynne Ramsay (“You Were Never Really Here”) produced jaw-dropping independent dramas while smaller names like Jennifer Fox (“The Tale”), Chloe Zhao (“The Rider”), and Josephine Decker (“Madeline’s Madeline”) pushed the boundaries of filmmaking to create challenging works of art.

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‘The Hummingbird Project’ Trailer: Jesse Eisenberg & Bald Alexander Skarsgård Take on Wall Street

‘The Hummingbird Project’ Trailer: Jesse Eisenberg & Bald Alexander Skarsgård Take on Wall Street
Everyone knows nerdy tech bros can’t be movie star handsome. That must be why, for his latest role as a guy building a new fiber-optic cable line to disrupt the stock exchange, Alexander Skarsgård had to go bald. At least it makes the Swedish actor more plausible to play cousin to Jesse Eisenberg, no offense to Eisenberg. Throw in a blonde Salma Hayek in aviator glasses, and color us intrigued.

In its newly released trailer, “The Hummingbird Project,” written and directed by Canadian filmmaker Kim Nguyen (“Two Lovers and a Bear”), promises high stakes comedy and biting indictments of our financial system. Think “The Big Short” meets “The Social Network,” but maybe not as good as that sounds.

The official synopsis reads: “Cousins from New York, Vincent (Eisenberg) and Anton (Skarsgård) are players in the high-stakes game of High-Frequency Trading, where winning is measured in milliseconds. Their dream? To
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Grasshopper Film Acquires Robert Greene’s Bisbee ’17

Grasshopper Film announced today the acquisition of Us distribution rights to Bisbee ‘17, the latest documentary from filmmaker Robert Greene. Following its theatrical release, Bisbee ‘17 will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, and streaming platforms this spring, as well as on the non-theatrical market. From the press release: Bisbee ‘17 follows several members of a close-knit community as they attempt to reckon with their town’s darkest hour. In 1917, nearly two-thousand immigrant miners, on strike for better wages and safer working conditions, were violently rounded up by their armed neighbors, herded onto cattle cars, shipped to the middle of the New Mexican desert, and […]
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‘Dogman’ Trailer: Cannes Award Winner From Director Of ‘Gomorrah’ Finally Hitting The Us In April

Dogman” debuted at last year’s Cannes Film Festival to great acclaim, but very little fanfare. While the thriller would go on to win the Best Actor award, the Italian film wasn’t able to capture the headlines of some of the festival’s other high-profile projects.

Read More: The 25 Best Films Of 2019 We’ve Already Seen

And in the first trailer for the film, we learn that film fans should definitely not sleep on “Dogman.” The film follows the titular man, Marcello, who runs a dog grooming salon.

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‘The Hummingbird Project’ Trailer: Jesse Eisenberg & A Balding Alexander Skarsgård Enter A War With An Evil Salma Hayek

Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgård play some unlikely cousins attempting to outsmart the system and strike it rich in the new film “The Hummingbird Project.” And all that stands in their way is an evil Salma Hayek.

In the first trailer for “The Hummingbird Project,” we meet the duo of Eisenberg and Skarsgård, who are attempting to drill a hole directly from the New York Stock Exchange to their location hundreds of miles away.

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‘Dogman’ Trailer: Cannes Winner From ‘Gomorrah’ Director Matteo Garrone

‘Dogman’ Trailer: Cannes Winner From ‘Gomorrah’ Director Matteo Garrone
It is no secret that some filmmakers hate critics, but Matteo Garrone might be more sympathetic to the art of criticism — his father was an Italian theater critic. And critics loved him back when his epic Neapolitan crime drama, “Gomorrah,” took their breath away. His latest film, “Dogman,” may be a tougher sell. The film premiered at the 2018 Cannes Film festival to mixed reviews, earning derision from IndieWire critic David Ehrlich for what he deemed a lack of subtlety and heavy handed use of allegory.

The official synopsis reads: “In a seaside village on the outskirts of an Italian city, where the only law seems to be survival of the fittest, Marcello is a slight, mild-mannered man who divides his days between working at his modest dog grooming salon, caring for his daughter Alida, and being coerced into the petty criminal schemes of the local bully Simoncino, an ex-boxer who terrorizes the neighborhood.
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‘Abe’ Trailer: Noah Schnapp Is a Foodie With an Identity Crisis in Sundance Charmer

‘Abe’ Trailer: Noah Schnapp Is a Foodie With an Identity Crisis in Sundance Charmer
It may be a touch early to call it, but Fernando Grostein Andrade’s “Abe” appears to be putting in an early bid for this Sundance’s most charming film. It will certainly be the festival’s most charming film about an Israeli-Jewish kid with an identity crisis who attempts to find his way out of fraught familial connections through the magic of cooking. After all, who doesn’t like food? Such is the apparent theme of “Abe,” which stars “Stranger Things” lead Noah Schnapp in the eponymous role as a foodie on a tasty mission.

Per the film’s official synopsis: “The Israeli-Jewish side of his family calls him Avram. The Palestinian-Muslim side Ibrahim. His first-generation American agnostic lawyer parents call him Abraham. But the 12-year-old kid with a blog from Brooklyn just prefers, well, Abe. Abe, a foodie who loves to cook, has never had a birthday
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Sundance 2019 Short Film Preview: 10 Must-See Gems, From Vampires to Emily Mortimer

Sundance 2019 Short Film Preview: 10 Must-See Gems, From Vampires to Emily Mortimer
Vampires, poltergeists, and all sorts of beasts of the night can be found haunting the short film programs at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Additionally, stunning new work by cinematographer extraordinaire Bradford Young and a remarkable performance by Emily Mortimer will thrill viewers who aren’t expecting such high-caliber talent to be working in the short format. Sundance Senior Programmer Mike Plante summed up the 73 live action, animated, and documentary short film selections as “rowdy, reflective, visionary.”

After previewing 40-plus shorts available for advance press screening, IndieWire reached out to the directors of 10 of the most outstanding to ask about their inspiration and what they’re working on next.

Here, in alphabetical order, are the 10 must-see shorts playing the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Although 8 of them are world premiering at the festival, which runs January 24 – February 3 in Park City, Utah.

“As Told To G/D Thyself”

World Premiere

Directors: Terence Nance,
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‘Lost Holiday’ Exclusive Clip: Slamdance Film Features Friends Attempting To Solve A Kidnapping After A Long Night Of Partying

Christmas parties are almost always terrible. And what makes the average holiday party even worse is when it’s full of old high school friends. Therefore, it makes sense that Margaret and Henry are ready to ditch that terrible scene and enter into a night of debauchery in the new film “Lost Holiday,” which is set to premiere at the upcoming Slamdance Film Festival.

Read More: Steven Soderbergh’s ‘High Flying Bird’ Premiering At Slamdance Before Hitting Netflix In February

And to honor the film’s upcoming debut, we’re lucky enough to present an exclusive clip from the film, which shows that the evening of craziness begins to bleed into the daytime for these folks as they attempt to solve the kidnapping of a socialite, while pretty hungover.

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Yalitza Aparicio Overcomes Racism While Rising to Fame: ‘I’m Not the Face of Mexico’

Yalitza Aparicio Overcomes Racism While Rising to Fame: ‘I’m Not the Face of Mexico’
Yalitza Aparicio became a recognizable face almost overnight. As the lead actress of Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma,” the 25-year-old has been a shining star on the awards circuit ever since the Spanish-language drama got its start at the Venice Film Festival last August. Aparicio, a school teacher who Cuarón discovered during his search for a leading lady, hails from Oaxaca and is of Mixtec descent, which means her rise to fame has not been met without controversy.

Mexico’s indigenous population remains a minority group in the country, and therefore some believe a Mixtec woman such as Aparicio should not be trailblazing Oscar season or landing major fashion covers like Vogue and Vanity Fair. Photographs of Aparicio in Vanity Fair earned racist backlash, so much so that Karla Martinez de Salas, editor in chief of Vogue México, told The New York Times she worried putting Aparicio on the cover of
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Netflix Reveals Ridiculously High Viewership Totals For ‘Bird Box’ & ‘Sex Education’

Netflix sure does like to play coy about numbers. But lately, when it serves the company’s best interests, the streaming service will throw out some viewing totals to show how popular some content is. This was made famous by those early numbers for the Sandra Bullock film “Bird Box,” which touted viewership in the tens of millions. And now, Netflix seems to be doing it again for a couple of the company’s newest series.

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‘Anywhere With You’ Trailer: A Young Couple Tries To Make A Life For Themselves In La

“Anywhere with You” is an upcoming indie drama about the trials of young adulthood and being on your own, together. Directed by Hanna Ladoul and Marco La Via, the film will be available on Digital and Video on Demand this February. Originally released under the name “We the Coyotes” at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, the movie is the first feature film of the two French directors.

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Final 2018 Oscar Nominations Predictions: ‘Roma,’ ‘Burning,’ ‘A Star Is Born’

After countless screenings, Q&A’s, red carpets, screeners, hand holding, for your consideration ads, talk show appearances and cocktail parties, between 160 and 190 contenders are going to be rewarded with Oscar nominations bright and oh, so unnecessarily early on Tuesday morning. And almost just as many who didn’t hear their name called will try to get back to sleep knowing they no longer have to starve themselves for the February telecast. Granted, this season hasn’t had the distraction of a historic presidential election or an industry-changing #MeToo movement, but have been controversies late in the game.

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