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How a 20-Year-Old Filmmaker Wrote, Directed and Starred In Her Feature Directorial Debut — Tribeca 2017

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Filmmaker Quinn Shephard didn’t go to film school — instead, she made her own. The New Jersey native was just 15 when she came up with the idea for what would become her feature directorial debut “Blame,” a modern high school-set take on Arthur Miller’s classic play “The Crucible.” Seven years later, Shephard is at the Tribeca Film Festival with the film, one that she not only stars in, but also wrote, directed, edited and produced. At 21, she’s reached a benchmark that usually filmmakers a few more years of work.

The film follows Shephard as high school outcast Abigail Grey, who returns to high school after a mysterious incident the year before, only to form a taboo bond with her new drama teacher (Chris Messina). As their relationship blossoms in very unexpected ways, Abigail’s nemesis Melissa (Nadia Alexander) observes from afar, continually threatening to bust the entire situation wide open (a witch hunt? »

- Kate Erbland

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Music Box Lands Chavela Vargas Documentary for U.S., Plans October Release

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Music Box Films has bought U.S. rights to the documentary “Chavela” and plans an October theatrical release, Variety has learned exclusively.

Chavela,” directed by Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi, follows the life of the iconic singer Chavela Vargas, who ran away from Costa Rica to Mexico City in her early teens and began singing in the streets. She became successful during the 1950s and challenged mainstream Mexican morals, by her life and her art, especially by singing searing love songs originally intended for men wooing women.

She also became a muse to  filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar. Vargas died in 2012.

Chavela” premiered in February at the Berlin Film Festival, where it won the second place Panorama Audience Award. Jay Weissberg said in his review for Variety that the film was “a justifiably laudatory love letter to a woman whose voice drew forth a song’s every emotion, and whose life as »

- Dave McNary

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Rock Documentary ‘Hired Gun’ Gets One-Night Screening Event From Fathom (Exclusive)

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Vision Films and Fathom Events are partnered for a one-night showing on June 29 at several hundred North American locations for the rock documentary “Hired Gun: Out of the Shadows, Into the Spotlight.”

The feature-length documentary, which focuses on the key performers who back up the stars, premiered at the 2016 SXSW Festival and has also screened at the Glastonbury Festival, Calgary International and Noise Pop.

The film, directed by Fran Strine, is being touted as covering similar ground as 2014’s “20 Feet from Stardom,” which won the Best Documentary Academy Award, with details of the highs and lows of touring life, the demands of session schedules, and the dedication required to play backseat to some of rock’s most iconic musicians.

“We have been overwhelmed by the support and feedback received throughout our festival run,” Strine said. “‘Hired Gun’ is about musicians whose DNA are all over the music and tours we love, »

- Dave McNary

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Tribeca Film Review: ‘I Am Heath Ledger’

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If there is any one image you take away from “I Am Heath Ledger,” it’s that of Ledger staring into the camera, spinning it around and around, creating his own sort of impromptu DV-selfie version of the swirling-camera POV dance duets in “Saturday Night Fever” and “Carrie.” The shots are emblematic for a couple of reasons. Ledger, as we learn, was always filming and photographing things, including himself and his friends; it was part of his compulsion to make art, to filter his experience through a vast array of lenses. The bounty of images he left behind is a testament to that creative hunger. Yet the fact that he got off on filming himself so much makes its own statement. “I Am Heath Ledger” is a portrait of the artist as an angelic young narcissist, a self-conjured celebrity image-maker. He was always pushing himself to the next level, which is why, »

- Owen Gleiberman

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WGA Members Approve Strike Authorization, as Contract Negotiations Resume Tuesday

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Hollywood has moved one step closer to a potential writers strike. WGA members voted overwhelmingly to approve strike authorization, with 96% voting yes. About 68% of WGA members voted over the weekend.

The vote gives the WGA’s negotiating committee the authorization to call a strike as soon as May 2; the guild’s current Minimum Basic Agreement with the Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers expires at midnight on May 1.

Read More: Will Writers Strike Again? Here’s What’s At Stake As WGA Negotiations Loom

Around 6,310 ballots were cast this weekend. The 96% vote in favor of “yes” was higher than the 90% (out of 5,507 ballots) who voted for  authorization in 2007 (the last time the WGA went on strike).

Negotiations between the WGA and AMPTP were put on hold as WGA members voted on strike authorization. Now, the two sides are set to meet up on Tuesday at the AMPTP’s Sherman »

- Michael Schneider

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Cannes 2017. Directors' Fortnight Lineup

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The lineup for the 2017 Directors’ Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs) at Cannes has been announced:Opening Film: Un beau soleil interieur (Claire Denis)Closing Film:Patti Cake$ (Geremy Jasper)Feature Films A Ciambra (Jonas Carpignano)Alive in France (Abel Ferrara)L'amant d'un jour (Philippe Garrel)Bushwick (Cary Murnion & Jonathan Milott) Cuori Puri (Roberto de Paolis)The Florida Project (Sean Baker)Frost (Sharunas Bartas)I'm Not a Witch (Rungano Nyoni) Jeannette, l'enfance de Jeanne D'Arc (Bruno Dumont)L'intrusa (Leonardo di Constanzo)La Defensa del Dragón (Natalia Santa)Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (Mouly Surya) Mobile Homes (Vladimir de Fontenay)Nothingwood (Sonia Kronlund) Ôtez-moi d'un doute (Carine Tardieu) The Rider (Chloe Zhao)West of the Jordan River (Field Day Revisited) (Amos Gitai)SHORTSÁgua Mole (Laura Goncalves & Alexandra Ramires)La bouche (Camilo Restrepo)Copa-loca (Christos Massalas)Crème de menthe (David Philippe Gagne & Jean-Marc E. Roy)Farpões, Baldios (Marta Matheus)Min Börda (Niki Lindroth von Bahr »

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Cannes 2017. Acid Lineup

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The lineup for the 2017 Cannes Acid has been announced.Feature FILMSThe Assembly (Mariana Otero)Before the end of the summer (Maryam Goormaghtigh)Belinda (Marie Dumora)The starry sky above my head (Ilan Klipper)Coby (Christian Sonderegger)Kiss and Cry (Lila Pinell & Chloe Mahieu)Last Laugh (Zhang Tao)Without adieu (Christophe Agou)Scaffolding (Matan Yair)Special SCREENINGFor the comfort (Vincent Macaigne)Acid Trip # 1: SERBIARequiem for Mrs. J. (Bolan Vuletić)The humidity (Nikola Ljuca)Short FILMSDas Patrias (Kosta Ristić)Transition (Milica Tomović)Emergency exit (Vladimir Tagić)A Handful of Stones (Stefan Ivancić)If I Had It My Way I Would Never Leave (Marko Grba Singh) »

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That Rihanna/Lupita Nyong’o Movie Could Actually Happen, If Ava DuVernay and Issa Rae Have Anything to Say About It

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Is a viral tweet being made into a movie? A picture of Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o sitting next to each other caught the attention of many last week, including a Twitter user going by simply “k” who suggested that “Rihanna looks like she scams rich white men and lupita is the computer smart best friend that helps plan the scans.” The “12 Years a Slave” star took notice (“I’m down if you are,” she tweeted at Rhianna), as did her potential co-star: “I’m in Pit’z,” responded the singer-turned-actress.

Read More: ‘Billy on the Street’: Lupita Nyong’o Tries Her Hand at Standup Comedy in Hilarious New Clip — Watch

Each of these tweets proved massively popular, and so a dream team was assembled in would-be viewers’ hearts: Ava DuVernay (“Selma,” “13th”) as director, Issa Rae (“Awkward Black Girl,” “Insecure”) as screenwriter. Both have expressed their interest on Twitter — “Lights set. »

- Michael Nordine

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Cannes 2017. Critics' Week Lineup

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The lineup for the 2017 Cannes Critics’ Week (La Semaine de la Critique) has been announced.Opening FILMSicilian Ghost Story (Fabio Grassadonia & Antonio Piazza)COMPETITIONLa familia (Gustavo Rondón Córdova)Los perros (Marcela Said)Oh Lucy! (Atsuko Hirayagani)Gabriel e a montanha (Felipe Gamarano Barbosa)Ava (Léa Mysius)Tehran Taboo (Ali Soozandeh)Makala (Emmanuel Gras)Special Feature SCREENINGSBloody Milk (Hubert Charuel)Une vie violente (Thierry de Peretti)Special Short SCREENINGSAfter School Knife Fight (Caroline Poggi & Jonathan Vinel)Coelho Mau (Carlos Conceição)Les îles (Yann Gonzales)Short & Medium-LENGTHSelva (Sofía Quirós Ubeda)Möbius (Sam Khun)Real Gods Require Blood (Moin Hussain)Jodilerks dela Cruz, Employee of the Month (Carlo Francisco Manatad)Los desheredados (Laura Ferrés)Ela - szkice na pożegnanie (Oliver Adam Kusio)Najpiękniejsze fajerwerki ever (Aleksandra Terpinska)Tesla: Lumière mondiale (Matthew Rankin)Les enfants partent à l'aube (Manon Coubia)Le visage (Salvatore Lista)Closing FILMBrigsby Bear (Dave McCary) »

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After United Airlines Faced Jeering Audiences, Polaris Business Class Ad is Pulled at Tribeca Film Festival

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Yet again, a costly ad campaign is backfiring. Every time the Tribeca Film Festival (April 19-30) ran the sleek promo spot for United Airlines’ super-posh Polaris International business class (see below), New York audiences erupted in jeering laughter.

Clearly, United still has PR repair work to do, following the viral video of a man being pulled bleeding off a plane after refusing to give up his reserved seat.

So Tribeca and the airline agreed to pull the ad after three days of laughter before public screenings. By Saturday, it was gone. The festival preferred to keep audience focus on the filmmakers, according to one source.

“United is a valued partner of the Tribeca Film Festival and we’re grateful for their continued support of our filmmakers and the arts,” the festival stated. United, a long-time partner of the festival, flies filmmakers into New York, hosts private hospitality screenings and carries a dedicated Tribeca Shorts channel. »

- Anne Thompson

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‘Blood Drive’ Trailer Revs Up for Gory Grindhouse Good Times — Watch

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Syfy is embracing its grisly side with the new series “Blood Drive,” an homage to grindhouse movies.

The show revolves around a cross-country death race that involves sex, violence and cars that run on blood. “In the distant future of 1999, a global shortage has ravaged civilization. Instead of going green, we went red,” announces the helpful voiceover guy in the trailer below.

Read More: Syfy to Adapt Classic Sci-Fi Novel ‘Stranger in a Strange Land’ as a TV Series

During the race, our good-looking heroes, played by Alan Ritchson and Chrstina Ochoa, will encounter all manner of over-the-top characters including monsters, cannibals, nymphomaniacs and Amazons (where are we now?).

Check out the official description and the bloody trailer below:

Get uncomfortable…! In the tradition of classic grindhouse movies, “Blood Drive” is a new series soaked in high-octane chaos and just barely approved for television. After Los Angeles’ last good cop »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Walter Hill Talks ‘The Assignment’ and Making Movies in the 70s on ‘Wtf with Marc Maron’ — Listen

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Legendary filmmaker Walter Hill sat down with Marc Maron recently for an episode of his acclaimed podcast “Wtf with Marc Maron,” and the two men went deep on everything from “The Assignment” to Hill’s early days as a production assistant to the state of cinema today. Before carving out his own filmmaking career, Hill worked with directors including Sam Peckinpah and Woody Allen.

Read More: Netflix to Make ‘Outlaw King’ With ‘Hell or High Water’s’ David Mackenzie and Chris Pine

Here are some snippets from Maron’s conversation with Hill.

On working on educational movies at the start of his career:

It was an offshoot of Encyclopedia Britannica movies. They used to make these 16mm films for students….I did research and I wrote part of them, but I immediately said to myself, “What the fuck am I doing? I don’t even like these movies.”

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- Graham Winfrey

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The Kinks Biopic Musical ‘Sunny Afternoon’ In The Works From ‘Eddie The Eagle’ Director Dexter Fletcher

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With “La La Land” and “Beauty & The Beast” kicking ass at the box office — the former is closing on $500 million worldwide, a huge victory for a film that cost a tenth of that, the latter has crossed the billion-dollar mark and is among the top 10 domestic movies of all time — the movie musical is back in a big way. There are films down the line that hope to take advantage of that — Hugh Jackman’s “The Greatest Showman On Earth,” various Disney movies including a new “Little Mermaid” take from Lin-Manuel Miranda, new versions of “Oliver!

Continue reading The Kinks Biopic Musical ‘Sunny Afternoon’ In The Works From ‘Eddie The Eagle’ Director Dexter Fletcher at The Playlist. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Why Fox Reviving ‘The X-Files’ Has Us Concerned — Very Good Television Podcast

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Even before Fox officially announced the latest return of one-time flagship series “The X-Files,” we were wondering how Season 11 might be different from the season that came before: How many episodes? How many would be written and directed by Chris Carter? How many new writers would come on board?

Read More: Chris Carter on That ‘X-Files’ Season 10 Cliffhanger, and What Comes Next

We now know that the next season will consist of 10 episodes, and that production theoretically begins this summer for the 2017-2018 season. But beyond that, there are still plenty of mysteries left unsolved — especially given that showrunner Chris Carter has a questionable track record with the series when he takes a more hands-on approach creatively (after all, he was the one behind the ending of last season).

While it was hinted last year that Carter was pushing for more seasons, this news is a game changer in how »

- Maya Reddy

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Film Critics Pick the Best Movie Podcasts — IndieWire Critics Survey

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Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is the best film (or film-related) podcast?

Neil Miller (@rejects), Film School Rejects

There are a great many podcasts in my life — from the ones I host to the ones hosted by close friends — so it’s hard to approach this subject without wanting to selfishly yell “One Perfect Pod!” Okay, now that we’ve got that out of the way, here’s a real favorite: “The Mothership,” from the folks at USA Today. More importantly, it involves two of my favorite Twitter pals Brian Truitt and Kelly Lawler. Its mandate is broad, which means there’s video game and comics talk »

- David Ehrlich

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“If You Can Cut the Boring Scenes Out, That Saves Time”: Juho Kuosmanen on The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki

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Juho Kuosmanen’s first feature, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, is a modest-seeming film that hits all of its marks with unusual precision, following featherweight boxer Mäki (Jarkko Lahti) in the two weeks leading up to a big fight against American champ Davey Moore. Mäki is nervous and evasive, slacking on his training and running away to the distraction of his maybe-fiance. Throughout the film, he’s trailed by a documentary crew (a detail based on reality) that repeatedly stages faux-verite scenes of Mäki in training, meeting financiers, et al. — in a sly way, Kuosmanen is almost congratulating himself on the high […] »

- Vadim Rizov

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Maria Bamford’s ’Old Baby’ Trailer Takes On Every Room Imaginable in New Comedy Special

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While we’re all still waiting for another season of “Lady Dynamite,” take heart. Maria Bamford will be returning to Netflix much earlier than that.

The comedian will bring her comic stylings to the streaming service in May with the stand-up comedy special “Old Baby.” As with her 2012 “The Special Special Special,” in which she performed in unconventional stand-up venues, “Old Baby” will once again place Bamford in quirky settings to see what that brings to her set.

Read More: Netflix Renews ‘Lady Dynamite,’ ‘Real Rob,’ ‘Chelsea’ for Season 2

This time around, her set will be performed in venues that start out incredibly intimate — such as talking to herself in the mirror or to friends on a park bench — to increasingly larger and more public, such as a bowling alley or theater.

Bamford altering with her environment isn’t anything new. She played with dream sequences and the reality of »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Free Fire’ Director Ben Wheatley Talks Movie Gunfights, Martin Scorsese & The Kinetic Action Of ‘Freakshift’ [Interview]

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Ben Wheatley, no doubt, has a twisted sense of humor, just watch “High-Rise,” or, even, “Kill List” for further proof of his subtle dark comedy in the most twisted of situations. His latest film, “Free Fire,” is an ultra-violent action-comedy that features a barrage of bullets, zingy one liners and, yes, even a little bit of slapstick added to the mix.

Continue reading ‘Free Fire’ Director Ben Wheatley Talks Movie Gunfights, Martin Scorsese & The Kinetic Action Of ‘Freakshift’ [Interview] at The Playlist. »

- Jordan Ruimy

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Cannes 2017. Lineup

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The Festival de Cannes has announced the lineup for the official selection, including the Competition and Un Certain Regard sections, as well as special screenings, for the 70th edition of the festival:

COMPETITIONHappy End (Michael Haneke)Wonderstruck (Todd Haynes)Le Redoutable (Michel Hazanavicius)The Beguiled (Sofia Coppola)Rodin (Jaques Doillon)120 Beats Per Minute (Robin Campillo)Okja (Bong Joon-Ho)In The Fade (Fatih Akin)The Day After (Hong Sang-soo)Radiance (Naomi Kawase)The Killing Of A Sacred Deer (Yorgos Lanthimos)A Gentle Creature (Sergei Loznitsa)Jupiter's Moon (Kornél Mandruczó)Good Time (Benny Safdie & Josh Safdie)Loveless (Andrey ZvyagintsevL'Amant Double (François Ozon)You Were Never Really Here (Lynne Ramsay)The Meyerowitz Stories (Noah Baumbach)

Un Certain REGARDOpening Night: Barbara (Mathieu Amalric)The Desert Bride (Cecilia Atan & Valeria Pivato)Lucky (Sergio Castellitto)Closeness (Kantemir Balagov)Before We Vanish (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)Beauty and the Dogs (Kaouther Ben Hania)L’Atelier (Laurent Cantet)April's »

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Watch Hans Zimmer Rock Coachella With A Live Performance Of The Score To ‘The Dark Knight’

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The second weekend of Coachella just wrapped up, and the slightly less cool hipsters and hangers-on of California are nursing their hangovers and drinking their weight in coconut water on the way home. We’re not a music blog, so we don’t tend to cover much Coachella stuff, but this year’s line-up was slightly different, and a little more Hollywood than usual.

For one, Bradley Cooper was shooting his directorial debut, “A Star Is Born,” at the festival, thanks to the headline slot from his star Lady Gaga.

Continue reading Watch Hans Zimmer Rock Coachella With A Live Performance Of The Score To ‘The Dark Knight’ at The Playlist. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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