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Salutations, all. I bring you the next episode of Indie Beat! Our guest for this current installment is filmmaker and actor Joanna Arnow. Her first released work “Eiko & Koma: The Retrospective Project” (watch here) follows the work of the titular dancers, sort of a small slice primer for those unfamiliar with the Japanese-born artists. In 2013 Joanna turned the camera on her then-boyfriend (and herself) with “i hate myself 🙂” which our own Katie Walsh reviewed for its Rooftop Films premiere, saying “It’s refreshing to see a filmmaker embrace this honesty with such gusto.” And she’s right! Continue reading Podcast: Indie Beat Talks With ‘i hate myself :)’ Director Joanna Arnow at The Playlist.
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In less than six months, the term ‘fake news’ has become so all-encompassing, so utterly prevalent, that everyone’s pretty much sick of it (sorry for putting it in the headlines, guys). But as bored as we are of articles about some asshole living in his mom’s basement who gets 50,000 likes on Facebook a day for stories about how Hillary Clinton ate a baby, it doesn’t change that the volume of clickable bullshit that plays to prejudices on both sides. Continue reading Fake News: Robert De Niro Comedy ‘Wag The Dog’ Becoming An HBO Comedy Series at The Playlist.
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Small town life is poignantly examined in the modest Tribeca drama “Abundant Acreage Available.” A humanist drama about family, faith, and grief, ‘Acreage’ is an intimate film with few outsized dramatic moments, but as anchored by Amy Ryan’s mannered yet commanding performance—her finest in years—this lovely little story sensitively absorbs. ‘Acreage’ begins with a makeshift funeral, a bereaved Tracy (Ryan), who’s taken care of her ailing father for years, attempts to bury the box of his ashes in the fields of her farm. Continue reading Amy Ryan Amplifies The Quiet ‘Abundant Acreage Available’ [Tribeca Review] at The Playlist.
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Even as someone who vaguely remembers the cartoon (at least in re-runs), and enjoys Frank Langella’s performance as Skeletor in the 1980s film, we feel like we have to ask: does anyone actually want a “Masters Of The Universe” movie? The Mattel toyline, a sort of PG-rated space-Conan about warrior He-Man and his friends in their battle against the skull-faced villain, has always seemed fairly generic to us, and we don’t really see that much of a vociferous fanbase for it out there. Continue reading ‘Masters Of The Universe’ Movie Gets A Release Date But Loses A Director at The Playlist.
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One of the more exciting and unconventional leading men to emerge in recent years is Rami Malek. The actor’s been a familiar face for a while — first popping up in “Night At The Museum” over 10 years ago — and turned heads with small roles in films like “The Master,” “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” and “Short Term 12” about five years back, but he became an unexpected star with the success of USA’s drama “Mr. Continue reading Exclusive: Clip From ‘Buster’s Mal Heart’ Starring ‘Mr. Robot’ Star Rami Malek at The Playlist.
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Given that he doesn’t necessarily look or act like a traditional idea of a leading man, the enduring stardom of Jesse Eisenberg is a pleasing thing. It’s now 15 years since we first saw him on screen, in Dylan Kidd’s “Roger Dodger,” and he’s consistently made strong choices that have kept him on the A-list, whether it’s working with acclaimed auteurs like Woody Allen, Noah Baumbach and David Fincher, excelling in smaller indies like Kelly Reichardt’s “Night Moves,” Richard Ayoade’s “The Double” or James Ponsoldt’s “The End Of The Tour,” or selling out while holding out to his credibility in “Now You See Me” or “Zombieland” (though we’ll skip over “Batman V. Continue reading Jesse Eisenberg To Write, Direct & Star In J.J. Abrams-Produced TV Comedy at The Playlist.
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Even at this remove, Hollywood, not known for being the nicest of towns, seems a little less nice today. The many obituaries and tributes to the late Jonathan Demme, who died yesterday at the age of 73, almost all make reference to him not just as a great filmmaker, but a great person — kind, curious, generous and sincere. In a small way, even I experienced that warmth at an interview some years ago at a festival. Continue reading 10 Essential Jonathan Demme Films at The Playlist.
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When the Cannes line-up was announced a few weeks back, Thierry Frémaux hinted, as is often the case, that a few slots remained to be filled in the line-up. And news has just dropped as to exactly what those films are. The only addition to the Competition selection (which may indicate that there are still one or two more to come) is “The Square,” the latest from Ruben Östlund, director of the brilliant “Force Majeure.” The film, which revolves around a piece of public performance art, is at least partly in English, and stars the great Elisabeth Moss (who’ll be doing the Cannes double with Jane Campion’s “Top Of The Lake: China Girl”) and Dominic West, and instantly becomes one of the most anticipated of the festival. Continue reading Ruben Östlund’s ‘The Square’ & Roman Polanski’s ‘Based On A True Story’ Join Cannes Line-Up at The Playlist.
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Once upon a time, a movie director would only really go off and direct TV projects if they found it difficult to get feature work. But it’s a mark of how things have shifted that now, it’s a measure of success to have some kind of prestige TV project in the works — lauded and impossibly successful directors as different as J.J. Abrams, David O. Russell and Barry Jenkins are all developing small-screen projects alongside their movies, and a show like “Big Little Lies” attracts just as much attention, if not more so, than a multiplex hit. Continue reading Damien Chazelle Heads To TV With Paris-Set Musical ‘The Eddy’ at The Playlist.
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Christopher Abbott continues to glower his way through roles, all furrowed brow and electric intensity, but there’s no complaints here. It’s his onscreen magnetism that makes much of “Sweet Virginia” work, a simmering body of violence that lashes out in unexpected moments. A movie that forgoes solid storytelling for an atmosphere that keeps you captivated, director Jaime M. Dagg has made a film that plays with genres from neo-noir to thriller to even horror. Continue reading Christopher Abbott Steals The Show In The Intense Thriller ‘Sweet Virginia’ [Tribeca Review] at The Playlist.
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