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Breaking Glass Takes North American Rights to ‘The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis’ (Exclusive)
Breaking Glass has acquired North American rights to “The Long Night of Francisco Santis,” a Cannes hit that established Argentine first-time directors Andrea Testa and Francisco Márquez as emerging talents.
Breaking Glass is planning a limited theatrical opening, followed by a VOD and DVD release in the third quarter of 2017.
“A dark journey of the soul” which makes for an “atmosphere-driven, haunting feature debut,” according to Variety, “The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis” was acquired for world sales by Berlin-based Films Boutique, a company which has carved out a reputation for backing notable first movies such as Houda Benyamina’s 2016 Camera d’Or winner “Divines.”
“The Long Night” world-premiered at Buenos Aires’ Bafici Festival, where it won best film, then segued to an appearance in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard. It has gone on to play a number of festivals – including Busan, Jerusalem and Warsaw – before holding its U.S. premiere at the Hamptons Film Festival, »
- John Hopewell
‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ to Open NY Indian Film Festival
Hindi indie “Lipstick Under My Burkha,” which has been banned by the Indian film censor board, is continuing its march through film festivals around the country. After opening the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, Alankrita Shrivastava’s women-centric movie will launch the New York Indian Film Festival on April 30 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian followed by a fundraising gala.
44 docs, features and shorts will unspool at the fest in not only Hindi and English but also Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Punjabi, Marathi, Bengali and Gujarati languages. The films come from four South Asian countries: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangla Desh.
Other highlights of the festival include siblings Deepa and Dilip Mehta presenting »
- Shalini Dore
Billy Zane, Alan Ritchson, Kyle Gallner, Shaun Toub Join ‘Ghosts of War’ (Exclusive)
Kyle Gallner, Alan Ritchson, Billy Zane, and Shaun Toub have joined the cast of “Ghosts of War,” an upcoming psychological thriller. The film follows five American soldiers tasked with guarding a French chateau at the end of World War II. The home was previously occupied by Nazi commanders, and the soldiers soon find that there is a terrifying, supernatural force within its walls.
The actors join a cast that includes Brenton Thwaites (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”), Theo Rossi (“Sons of Anarchy”), and Skylar Astin of the Pitch Perfect franchise. The five soldiers will be played by Thwaites, Rossi, Astin, Gallner, and Ritchson. Zane will play an undisclosed role. Toub’s character is called Mr. Helwig.
Eric Bress (“The Butterfly Effect”) writes and directs the film. Principal photography has commenced in Bulgaria. Miscellaneous Entertainment’s D. Todd Shepherd, Shelley Madison, and Joe Simpson are producing and »
- Brent Lang
‘Silicon Valley’ Season 4 Trailer and Poster: Is This the End of Pied Piper?
It just doesn’t get any easier for the Pied Piper team. After innovating the middle-out algorithm and surviving Hooli’s latest attempt to destroy them, it appears the “Silicon Valley” crew are turning against one another in the upcoming season of HBO’s essential comedy. Daniel Clowes (“Ghost World”) has designed a poster for the show, and a new trailer is available. Both can be found below.
Season four appears to begin with the revelation that Richard (Thomas Middleditch) is quitting Pied Piper, the company he founded. Among the highlights of the trailer: Erlich (T.J. Miller) mansplaining the concept of mansplaining to two women, a surprise appearance by Haley Joel Osment and literally everything Jared (Zach Woods) says and does. The entire main cast is returning for season four: Middleditch, Miller, Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, »
- Michael Nordine
Podcast: Adjust Your Tracking Talks ‘T2 Trainspotting’, Dave Chappelle’s Netflix Specials, ‘The New Edition Story’ & ‘Prevenge’
On this episode of Adjust Your Tracking, Joe and I start the show off with brief appreciations of various media on streaming services: two new Netflix releases of Dave Chappelle standup specials (“Deep In The Heart Of Texas” and “The Age Of Spin“); Bet‘s “The New Edition Story” and also Alice Lowe‘s directorial debut “Prevenge,” available on Shudder.
- Erik McClanahan
Charlize Theron’s ‘Atomic Blonde’ Shows Off Electric New Footage at CinemaCon 2017
Charlize Theron graced the stage at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Wednesday to talk about Universal’s upcoming action-thriller “Atomic Blonde,” in which she plays the lead role of Lorraine Broughton, an MI6 intelligence collection expert and assassin trained in hand-to-hand combat. Theron also served as a producer on the film, which previewed an extended new clip for the audience at CinemaCon.
“Everyone you get close to ends up dead,” says John Goodman in the footage. “The clock is ticking.”
Theron also appears in a racy scene with Sofia Boutella, whom she has to seduce while undercover. “We wanted the film to be provocative in a lot of ways,” Leitch said.
- Graham Winfrey
The ‘Twin Peaks’ Theme Song Gets a ‘Seinfeld’ Makeover — Listen
With the revival of “Twin Peaks” just around the corner, fans of David Lynch’s cult classic are getting very creative online, flooding the internet with memes related to the show. Now, the series’ theme song has gotten a “Seinfeld” makeover, courtesy of musician and show aficionado Maximilian Petrosky.
Petrosky has reimagined the gloomy tune created by Angelo Badalamenti and Julee Cruise for the series and has mixed it with the signature slap bass featured during the opening of Jerry Seinfeld’s iconic show. Listen to the brilliant remix below.
Read More: ‘Twin Peaks’ Cast Reunited In First Photos, And It Looks So Eerily Good
- Yoselin Acevedo
‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ Is A Return To Former Glory At CinemaCon
CinemaCon is essentially four days straight of advertising. The event is primarily focused on the studios getting cinema owners excited about their upcoming slate of movies, and this means nearly every square inch of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas is covered in promotional material, right down to the hotel key cards. The presentations themselves are star-studded affairs, featuring plenty of advance footage being shown. However, it’s not often that a studio is brave enough to show an entire film, but Disney were feeling ballsy, and unspooled “Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” for attendees.
Continue reading ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ Is A Return To Former Glory At CinemaCon at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
‘Big Little Lies’: Why Reading the Book Doesn’t Ruin the Big Reveal on HBO’s Murder Mystery
Watching the news or using social media is tantamount to asking for spoilers – and so is reading the source material behind some of TV’s biggest shows. That’s particularly true with mysteries based on novels, one of which will generally spoil the other.
But HBO’s “Big Little Lies” proved to be an exception to that rule.
After watching two episodes of HBO’s mystery series, I read the book it was adapted from and, yes, spoiled myself on the ending. But returning to the show a few weeks later, it turned out that juggling both the book and the series at the same time actually enhanced the viewing experience.
Read More: ‘Big Little Lies’ Soundtrack: Listen to This Soulful Playlist From HBO’s Addictive Mystery Series
As “Big Little Lies” approaches its finale on Sunday, here’s an examination of why, even in a spoiler-averse culture, mystery series »
- Hanh Nguyen
‘The Mummy’: Tom Cruise Introduces Frightening New Footage in CinemaCon Video
Tom Cruise couldn’t make it to CinemaCon this year, but the actor did appear via video from London to introduce some exciting new footage from the adventure-fantasy due out in June.
Cruise introduced the extended clip from what he called Universal’s “bold, romantic, terrifying, epic monster film.” In the footage, his character of Nick Morton and Jake Johnson’s Sgt. Vail fall into a giant hole in the desert that’s been hidden for 2000 years.
“This isn’t a tomb,” says Annabelle Wallis’ Jenny Halsey. “It’s a prison.”
Read More: 4 Big Problems the Film Industry Needs to Fix Immediately — CinemaCon 2017
“The Mummy” stars Sofia Patella as an ancient power who returns to present day intent on remaking the modern world into her own. In the footage, Cruise and Wallis are seen floating in a plane that’s falling out of the sky. The pair had to perform »
- Graham Winfrey
Billy Eichner and Cookie Monster Search for Kindness in ‘Billy on the Sesame Street’ — Watch
In search of kindness and compassion, Billy Eichner has taken a trip to a new street — Sesame Street, to be precise. The “Billy on the Street” host is joined by Cookie Monster in the new video, which finds him toning down his usual schtick and handing out cookies to anyone willing to answer his questions.
That includes Big Bird, Elmo, Oscar the Grouch and other residents of Sesame Street, most of whom are receptive to such requests as how to get to Sesame Street and what Cookie Monster’s favorite letter is. The unsurprising exception is the trash can–dwelling Oscar, who refuses to even answer a question about kindness. You can’t please everyone, it seems.
- Michael Nordine
‘Silicon Valley’ Embarks On A Tech Venture In New Trailer For Season 4
There are a lot of big, high-profile shows coming to TV this spring — “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Twin Peaks,” “House Of Cards,” you get the idea — but for a comic break, you can’t do much better than “Silicon Valley.” HBO‘s hit tech comedy is back for its fourth season, and it looks like it’s going to be as strong as ever.
Continue reading ‘Silicon Valley’ Embarks On A Tech Venture In New Trailer For Season 4 at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
‘It’ Trailer Breakdown: The 6 Best Parts That Perfectly Capture the Novel’s Brilliance
“It” is one of Stephen King’s most well-known properties, and the trailer for the first chapter of the film adaptation has just dropped. While King’s “Dark Tower” series may elicit more love from diehard fans, the general population has been scared shitless by clowns ever since Tim Curry’s iconic take on Pennywise from the 1990 miniseries adaptation.
The initial announcement that “True Detective” and “Beasts of No Nation” director Cary Fukunaga was going to helm the adaptation was met warmly, as he seemed to add gravitas to the material. But after leaving the project, reportedly due to creative clashing with the studio, fans worried the project might lack flair and fall victim to studio bloat.
Read More: Stephen King Has Seen ‘It’ and Says the Filmmakers ‘Have Done a Wonderful Job’
Excitement waxed and waned for months— The kid from “Stranger Things” is in it! Pennywise’s clown design looks weird! »
- William Earl
The 10 Best Films Of 1997
Our smorgasbord of 1990s nostalgia, two weeks of Top 10 lists for every year in the decade, is beginning to reach its end, but we pick up today with 1997. It was the year of the start of the second Clinton term, the first cloned animal with Dolly the sheep, the arrival of the Hale-Bopp comet (and the resulting suicide of the Heaven’s Gate cult), the murder of Gianni Versace, and the election of Tony Blair in the UK.
Continue reading The 10 Best Films Of 1997 at The Playlist. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Ken Burns’ Next Documentary Will Profile Muhammad Ali
Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon are producing and directing a documentary for PBS about the legendary American boxer Muhammad Ali, who past away last June. Production of the two-part, four-hour documentary began in early 2016 and it’s expected to premiere in 2021.
“Muhammad Ali’s passing last year gave us reason to celebrate his boxing feats as well as his contributions as an ambassador for human rights, and as a voice and symbol of pacifism,” said Sarah Burns in a statement. “But it’s easy to forget how divisive a figure he was, proudly associating with the Nation of Islam, refusing induction into the Army before the Vietnam War had become deeply unpopular. We’re eager to get beyond the archetypes and examine who and what influenced his choices, and how he maintained the courage of his »
- Yoselin Acevedo
‘A Dark Song’ Exclusive Trailer: Haunted House Horror Gets a Terrifying New Twist in Black Magic Chiller — Watch
Just a thought: Maybe let’s not try to commune with the dead.
In Liam Gavin’s “A Dark Song” — which world premiered at beloved genre fest Fantastic Fest last year — absolutely no one takes that advice, and the results are shocking. The film stars Catherine Walker as Sophia, a grieving mother who will do anything to reconnect with her dead son, who is aided by Joseph (Steve Oram), who promises he can summon the child back to Sophie.
Through various dark rituals that play out over not days or weeks, but whole months, the pair journey closer to Sophia’s wish — and maybe more. The film’s first trailer makes it clear that this is a wholly new take on both the exorcism drama and the haunted house thriller, and most of the tension »
- Kate Erbland
Pennywise Returns In First Trailer For Stephen King’s ‘It’
The catalog of Stephen King is filled with tales of terror, but few have left the kind of impression that “It” has. The massive tome is one of the author’s fan favorites, and has already been adapted into a TV miniseries. But now it’s headed to the big screen, and the question is if the feature film will be packing the same amount of scares. Well, according to the director, you might want to wear a diaper, because he’s not going to hide the killer clown at the heart of the story.
Continue reading Pennywise Returns In First Trailer For Stephen King’s ‘It’ at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
‘It’ Trailer: First Look At the Film Adaptation of Stephen King’s 1986 Novel Will Leave You Screaming — Watch
New Line Cinema has release the first teaser trailer for its upcoming horror drama “It.” The clip first premiered on Saturday at SXSW, where attendees also got a chance to preview an entire scene from the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s 1986 novel.
Read More: ‘It’ Trailer Breakdown: The 6 Best Parts That Perfectly Capture the Novel’s Brilliance
Directed by Andrés Muschietti (“Mama”), “It” is set in the fictional town of Derry, Maine, where seven kids, known as “The Losers Club,” will have to overcome life problems, including the bullying from other children. The clique also faces the haunting of a monster that takes the shape of an evil clown named Pennywise (played by Swedish actor Bill Skarsgård). 30 years later, they reunite to stop the clown once and for all. The film stars “Stranger Things” actor Finn Wolfhard as a young Richie Tozier.
“It’s such an extreme character. Inhumane, »
- Yoselin Acevedo
Hulu Mixes ‘Stranger Things’ & ‘Black Mirror’ In Trailer For Anthology Series ‘Dimension 404’
It seems that anthology series are making something of a comeback recently, with FX running multiple season long anthologies from “Fargo” to “American Crime Story” to “Feud” and beyond. Hulu’s new show, however, seems to be following Netflix’s “Black Mirror” (with a dash of “Stranger Things“) with their own sci-fi fantasy anthology series “Dimension 404.” Telling different stories about futuristic technological advances, each episode is a self contained story with Mark Hamill bridging the episodes by serving as the series narrator.
- Christian Gallichio
4 Big Problems the Film Industry Needs to Fix Immediately — CinemaCon 2017
The movie business may be coming off a record year at the box office with $38.6 billion in revenue in 2016, but underneath those numbers is a film industry with some systemic problems. At the 2017 edition of CinemaCon, the annual trade show in Las Vegas where the studios and exhibitors get together to pat each other on the back, there’s no hiding from the fact that the movies face plenty of uncertainty.
Read More: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ Plays Well at CinemaCon 2017
Disney head of distribution Dave Hollis noted that movie attendance has actually fallen during the past decade, from 1.4 billion tickets to 1.32 billion last year. “Attendance has been more or less flat — not really changing — in the last handful of years,” Hollis said during a state of the industry presentation. “The media environment that we all participate in and that our consumers participate in continues to change rapidly. »
- Graham Winfrey
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