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Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Unsane,’ Four Other Films Added to Berlin Lineup

Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Unsane,’ Four Other Films Added to Berlin Lineup
Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming thriller “Unsane,” starring Claire Foy and Joshua Leonard, is among five more films added Monday to the competition lineup at next month’s Berlin Film Festival.

Unsane” joins “7 Days in Entebbe” and “Aga” as new additions that, though part of the competition slate, will not actually vie for the Golden and Silver Bears. All will have their world premieres at the Berlinale, as will the two titles added Monday that will compete for prizes: “Ang panahon ng halimaw” (“Season of the Devil”) from the Philippines and “Museo” (“Museum”) from Mexico, starring Gael Garcia Bernal.

All but one of the 24 competition films have now been selected. Nineteen of the 24 will vie for the Golden and Silver Bears.

“Unsane,” which is set for a March 23 release in the U.S. via Fingerprint Releasing and Bleecker Street, stars Foy as a woman who is sent to a mental institution though it is unclear whether her greatest
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SPWA Lands Inventive Thriller ‘Search’ In $5 Million World Rights Deal – Sundance

SPWA Lands Inventive Thriller ‘Search’ In $5 Million World Rights Deal – Sundance
Exclusive: In the biggest deal on the ground at the Sundance Film Festival so far, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions paid $5 million for world rights to Search, an innovative Aneesh Chaganty-directed thriller that stars John Cho and Debra Messing, and turns the computer screen into a cinematic canvas. The film, which won the Alfred P. Sloan Film Prize and premiered yesterday in the Next section at the Ray at 6:30 pm, focuses on the relationship between a father and his…
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‘Search’s Sev Ohanian Wins Sundance Institute/Amazon Studios Producers Award

‘Search’s Sev Ohanian Wins Sundance Institute/Amazon Studios Producers Award
Sev Ohanian is having a good Sundance Film Festival. This morning Search, the thriller he co-wrote and produced, landed the biggest money of the festival so far with a $5 million worldwide rights deal from Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. And at a Park City ceremony, Ohanian was awarded the Sundance Institute / Amazon Studios Producers Award for Narrative Feature Producer. The awards honor bold vision and a commitment to continuing work as a creative producer in the…
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‘Blindspotting’ Bidding War: Neon, The Orchard, CBS Films Chase Racial Drama

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‘Blindspotting’ Bidding War: Neon, The Orchard, CBS Films Chase Racial Drama
Three distributors – Neon, The Orchard and CBS Films – are aggressively courting the buzzy, race-themed Sundance drama “Blindspotting,” multiple individuals told TheWrap. MoviePass, the moviegoing subscription service that announced plans to acquire films at the festival, is also seeking a co-release with whoever ends up buying the film, one individual close to the negotiations said. Carlos Lopez Estrada directed the buddy story starring Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal, who wrote the screenplay. The film tells the story of two friends in Oakland, facing probation, police violence and the pressure of hipster tech gentrification. The film opened the festival on Thursday...
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Sundance: Sony Worldwide Acquisitions Nabs Debra Granik's 'Leave No Trace' (Exclusive)

Sundance: Sony Worldwide Acquisitions Nabs Debra Granik's 'Leave No Trace' (Exclusive)
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired all international rights to Debra Granik's Leave No Trace.

The film is a haunting father-daughter story featuring Ben Foster and newcomer Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, presented by Bron Creative and Topic Studios.

Based on Peter Rock's novel My Abandonment, the film revolves around a teenage girl (Harcourt McKenzie) and her father (Foster) who have lived undetected for years in Forest Park, a vast woods on the edge of Portland, Oregon. A chance encounter leads to their discovery and removal from the park and into the charge of a social service agency. They try to adapt...
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SAG Awards: Biggest Snubs and Surprises

SAG Awards: Biggest Snubs and Surprises
The Screen Actors Guild usually proves themselves to be creatures of habit: They reward the same stars, year in and year out — following their own patterns rather than setting any new trends.

But the night wasn’t completely by the books. Here’s a look at some of the award show’s biggest curveballs:

Surprise: “This Is Us” (NBC)

Admittedly, this race was a tough one to call: Good arguments could have been made for any of the nominees. But “Stranger Things” was a surprise win last year, and the SAG did it again, crowning the NBC tearjerker. The last time a broadcast series took home the trophy was in 2006 for ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Snub: “Stranger Things” (Netflix)

Speaking of “Stranger Things,” the Netflix series went 0-for-4 tonight. Nothing for David Harbour, Millie Bobby Brown, the stunt team, or the cast — depriving viewers of yet another rousing speech from Harbour and Winona Ryder’s facial
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SAG Awards: ‘Three Billboards,’ ‘This Is Us’ Take Top Prizes

SAG Awards: ‘Three Billboards,’ ‘This Is Us’ Take Top Prizes
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” was the big film winner at the SAG Awards Sunday with trophies for best ensemble cast, best actress for Frances McDormand for portraying a grieving mother and best supporting actor for Sam Rockwell.

Gary Oldman, meanwhile, won the best actor in a film award for his performance as Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour.” “I am so deeply honored and proud to win this magnificent award,” a clearly moved Oldman said.

Oldman said back stage that he was savoring the recognition, adding, “My feeling is enjoy the moment. It will be someone else standing up here next year.”

Oldman won the trophy over Timothee Chalamet for “Call Me by Your Name,” James Franco for “The Disaster Artist,” Daniel Kaluuya for “Get Out,” and Denzel Washington for “Roman Israel Esq.” Franco, who was recently accused by five women of sexually exploitative behavior, attended the ceremonies.

“Three Billboads” won the ensemble cast trophy over “The Big Sick
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Sundance: Lionsgate Nabs U.K. Rights for ‘Colette’ (Exclusive)

Sundance: Lionsgate Nabs U.K. Rights for ‘Colette’ (Exclusive)
Lionsgate has nabbed U.K. rights to “Colette” out of the Sundance Film Festival.

The studio is planning a theatrical release for the historical biopic, which features Keira Knightley in the title role as the legendary French writer. The film follow Colette as she emerges as the toast of Belle Epoque society with her sexually charged Claudine novels. At the same time, Colette struggles to be recognized for her work. Her husband, the writer Willy, takes credit for the best-sellers she churns out, leading to a decisive confrontation.

After premiering to solid reviews on Saturday night, “Colette” locked a domestic distribution pact with 30West and Bleecker Street. The two companies are eyeing a stateside theatrical debut at some point in 2018.

Knightley’s performance as the bisexual novelist is the film’s highlight with some even speculating it could land the two-time Oscar nominee back in the awards hunt.

“Colette” co-stars Dominic West, Fiona Shaw, and Denise Gough
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Ignoring #MeToo, Amazon Continues To Cancel Important Shows By Women

It’s been a long few months of scandal ever since the Harvey Weinstein floodgates opened, so you might not remember some of the other big names outed last fall. Among the named and shamed was Roy Price, former president of Amazon Studios, who allegedly sexually harassed a female producer. The company, now in search of new creative leadership, should be looking for ways to repair their image as they head into a new year of original programming.

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Megyn Kelly Bashes ‘Not Proud of America’ Jane Fonda for Criticizing Her Interviewing Skills

Megyn Kelly Bashes ‘Not Proud of America’ Jane Fonda for Criticizing Her Interviewing Skills
Despite professing a “what other people think of me is none of my business” mantra, the namesake host of “Megyn Kelly Today” took three minutes of January 22 airtime to rebuff criticism she’s received from Jane Fonda. “Honestly, she has no business lecturing anyone on what qualifies as offensive,” Kelly said.

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Tension between the host and two-time Oscar winner dates back to a September 2017 appearance on Kelly’s show. While promoting “Our Souls at Night” alongside co-star and Sundance Institute founder Robert Redford, Fonda was asked why she’s “not proud to admit” that she’s had plastic surgery. “We really want to talk about that now?” Fonda replied at the time.

Last week, Fonda told Variety that she was “stunned” by Kelly’s question — “It was so inappropriate. It showed that
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‘Loveling’ Is A Tender Family Drama Of Great Highs & Awkward Lows [Sundance Review]

Inevitably, families fall apart. Not all of them out of malice or spite, but more because of time and growth. At the very core of raising a family is the idea that someday you will watch your children leave you, and this, of course, will upend the very thing you have been trying to hold together for so many years. But what happens when that upending moment comes early, when the eldest on his way out the door is only 16 years old, but the opportunity he’s granted is once in a lifetime?

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Tiffany Haddish Did a ‘Drunk History’ on the Monuments Men and It’s Predictably Amazing

Tiffany Haddish Did a ‘Drunk History’ on the Monuments Men and It’s Predictably Amazing
There is a lot to learn from Tiffany Haddish’s gripping tale of Rose Valland and the true story of the Monuments Men, but the most important tidbit is about Haddish herself: She’s Jewish. Haddish stops her story halfway through to ask “Drunk History” host and creator Derek Waters if he knew she was Jewish. “My father was Jewish, but my mom’s a Jehovah Witness. So I’m a Jew-Jo,” she says, stirring the ice in her dwindling drink.

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In an interview with Vulture, Waters revealed that Haddish was drawn to the story because of her Jewish roots. “She really wanted to do the history of the weave, and unfortunately we weren’t able to make it happen,” said Waters.

Playing Valland is another hilarious woman, “Vice Principals” star Busy Philipps, who mugs and
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David Gutnik on Editing the Psychological Thriller Nancy Starring Andrea Riseborough

Writer/director Christina Cho and editor David Gutnik met during their time at Columbia University’s Mfa Film Program. Gutnik edited Cho’s thesis film, I Am John Wayne, which won the Grand Jury Prize for best short film at Slamdance in 2012. Their new film together, Nancy, is one of three films at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to star Andrea Riseborough. Below, Gutnik discusses the genre elements of this psychological thriller and how he sought to ensure that “every edit is connected to the central nervous system of the character, and by extension the soul of the film.” Filmmaker: How and why did you […]
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‘Dundee’ Teasers: Danny McBride Goes Down Under With Chris Hemsworth

Welcome to 2018, where not even two minutes of footage from “Dundee: The Son of a Legend Returns Home” — a movie that nobody knew existed until the last couple of days — has already sparked a backlash. Sigh.

Yep, none other than Luke Buckmaster at The Guardian has written an alarmist op-ed “Crocodile Dundee was sexist, racist and homophobic. Let’s not bring that back” wherein he wrings his hands about the forthcoming rebootquel with some rather…interesting…reasoning.

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‘Dundee: The Son of a Legend Returns Home’ Trailer: Danny McBride & Chris Hemsworth Star in Secret Sequel — Watch

‘Dundee: The Son of a Legend Returns Home’ Trailer: Danny McBride & Chris Hemsworth Star in Secret Sequel — Watch
There’s a new “Crocodile Dundee” movie, and it stars…Danny McBride and Chris Hemsworth? The secretive new project, which some still have a hard time believing is an actual movie, now has a trailer to go along with the rumors. Watch below.

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This look at “Dundee: The Son of a Legend Returns Home” opens somewhere in the Outback, where a tour bus carrying McBride lets him off next to a sign-carrying Hemsworth. “Yo, where the kangaroos at?” asks McBride, who’s playing the child of the original Crocodile Dundee; Hemsworth has a hard time believing he’s related to the character made famous by Paul Hogan. “Brian Dundee? Really?” he keeps asking.

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First Poster For Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’

To those who worried that Martin Scorsese‘s “The Irishman” might suffer the fate of so many Netflix movies, where they are barely promoted before being dumped on the service (please see terrific “Tramps,” or Duncan Jones‘ “Mute” which arrives next month as is still without a trailer), the streaming giant offers a counterpoint.

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Somewhat surprisingly, the first poster for “The Irishman” has arrived.

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‘This Is Home’ Is A Harrowing Take On Refugee Life In America [Sundance Review]

In the year since the cultural shift ignited by the 2016 election, there have already been a handful of films that have taken on the ongoing war in Syria and the refugee crisis it has sparked. (Two of them — “City of Ghosts” and “Last Men In Aleppo” — made our list of the best docs of 2017.) These films, which are often painful to watch, let alone to capture on film, paint a shocking picture of pain and suffering while simultaneously indicting the global community for its failure to act (or even sustain interest).

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Paul Thomas Anderson Talks Dangers Of Romanticizing Cinematic History & Falling Movie Ticket Sales

Paul Thomas Anderson‘s latest film, the elegantly weird “Phantom Thread,” is the director’s most formally reserved effort yet. There are no flashy camera moves in the romantic drama, which Anderson has stated that the film owes a debt to Gothic romances of yore, such as Alfred Hitchcock‘s impeccable “Rebecca.” However, don’t mistake his adoration of classic movies (“Something about TCM and those films speak to me.

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‘The Shape of Water’: Guillermo del Toro Didn’t Take Any Ideas From Viral Short, Netherlands Film Academy Rules

‘The Shape of Water’: Guillermo del Toro Didn’t Take Any Ideas From Viral Short, Netherlands Film Academy Rules
The similarities between “The Shape of Water” and a short film called “The Space Between Us” have raised eyebrows among some viewers, as their shared premise — a woman working at a research facility falls in love with a fish creature — seems too out-there to be a coincidence. But the Netherlands Film Academy, which produced Marc S. Nollkaemper’s 13-minute short, doesn’t think there’s anything to it. The Nfa has released a statement saying that the two films “have their own very different identities” and “are not in any conceivable way interlinked or related.”

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Here’s the full statement:

“After recently screening ‘The Shape of Water’ and following conversations that took place in a very constructive and friendly atmosphere, The Netherlands Film Academy believes that both ‘The Shape of Water’ and our short, ‘The Space Between Us,
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Nicolas Cage Explains the One Thing His Bloody Insane Movie ‘Mandy’ Has in Common with ‘Raising Arizona’ — Sundance

Nicolas Cage Explains the One Thing His Bloody Insane Movie ‘Mandy’ Has in Common with ‘Raising Arizona’ — Sundance
One of the wildest movies of Sundance 2018 is Panos Cosmatos’ “Mandy.” Nicolas Cage has an idea of why for the latest supercharged revenge film from the “Beyond the Black Rainbow” director holds together among the chaos.

“It happens when there aren’t too many cooks in the kitchen, when you don’t have producers from the studios — the suits, if you will — breathing down your neck,” Cage said at the IndieWire Sundance Studio presented by Dropbox. “When they get in the middle of it, all the oxygen goes out of the room.”

Read More:Nicolas Cage Is Batshit Insane in Psychedelic Revenge Movie ‘Mandy’ — Sundance 2018 Review

Cosmatos explained that, for him, even with the 1983-infused, supernatural mayhem of “Mandy,” he’s still making his own version of a movie shot on Super 8 camera. Cage likened the feeling of the set to what it was like working with Joel and Ethan Coen on “Raising Arizona.
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