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Los Angeles Film Festival Award Winners: “Becks”, “The Keeping Hours” Come Out on Top

becks-excerptThe popular SoCal film fest announced its winners which included Elizabeth Rohrbaugh and Daniel Powell’s musical drama Becks for U.S. Fiction Award and the supernatural drama The Keeping Hours starring Lee Pace and Carrie Coon for Audience Award for Fiction Feature Film.

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Annecy and GKIDS Partnering with Variety to Launch Los Angeles Animation Festival

Annecy ExcerptLooking to change the landscape of animation in Hollywood, a brand new annual festival is launching in Los Angeles this fall. Headed up by GKIDS, the Annecy International Animation Festival, and Variety magazine, the event is aiming to fill a gap in the U.S.’ relationship with this medium.

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Richard Linklater Drama “Last Flag Flying” Set to Open 2017 New York Film Festival

_DSC7621.ARWRichard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying has landed the coveted opening night spot at the 55th annual New York Film Festival. The Amazon Studios film is an unofficial sequel to the 1973 Academy Award-nominated Hal Ashby pic The Last Detail starring Jack Nicholson and Randy Quaid.

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Cannes 2017 Winners: Ruben Östlund’s “The Square”, Sophia Coppola Take Top Honors

cannes-excerptThe big winners of the 70th Cannes Film Festival were announced and Ruben Ostlund walked away with the Palme d’Or for his film, The Square. The film by the Force Majeure director is a satire of the art world and stars Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, and Dominic West.

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Sophia Coppola’s “The Beguiled” Divides Critics at Cannes, “Feminizes” the 1971 Film Starring Clint Eastwood

beguiled-excerptSome critics weren’t over the moon for Sophia Coppola’s latest, while others were praising it for flipping the script on the pulpy original. Either way, critics dug deep into the film’s exploration of gender roles.

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“Wonderstruck” Gets Oscar Buzz at Cannes Despite Mixed Reviews

wonderstruck-excerptThe Cannes Film Festival is in full-swing and acclaimed director Todd Haynes’ (Carol, Far From Heaven) highly-anticipated adaptation of Brian Selznick’s YA novel Wonderstruck was one of the first films screened at the fest — and it was met with reviews that ranged from raves to lukewarm.

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Colin Trevorrow Drama “The Book of Henry” Set to Open L.A. Film Festival

book-of-henry-excerptThe Los Angeles Film Festival has scored the Colin Trevorrow-directed The Book of Henry for its opening night film. Starring Naomi Watts, Jaeden Lieberher, Jacob Tremblay, and Sarah Silverman, the family drama-thriller from Focus Features follows a single mother and her genius son as they plan to help a girl who is hiding a dangerous secret.

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Cannes 2017: “The Beguiled”, “Wonderstruck”, “Twin Peaks” Set For the French Film Fest Lineup

beguiled-excerptThe lineup for this year’s Cannes Film Festival (or as they call it in France, Festival de Cannes) has been announced and it is robust with Oscar bait, highly-anticipated premieres, star-studded features, and a lot of foreign and obscure films that if watched, will make you feel cinematically superior to everyone else.

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Carrie Fisher to Be Among Those Honored as Disney Legends at D23 Expo 2017

Carrie Fisher ExcerptThe late Carrie Fisher will be among the nine recipients of the Disney Legend Award at this year’s D23 Expo in July. Her co-star Mark Hamill will also be receiving the awards.

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STX Out to Make a Name for Itself at CinemaCon With Luc Besson’s “Valerian,” Aaron Sorkin’s “Molly’s Game”

Valerian Mollys Game STXThe upstart studio is making a major push into the action genre with Den of Thieves, Renegades, The Foreigner and Mark Wahlberg’s upcoming Mile 22.

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“Netflix My Ass!” Sony’s “Baby Driver,” “Blade Runner 2049” Steal the Spotlight from Spider-Man at CinemaCon

Baby Driver Blade Runner 2049Big, star-driven movies such as The Dark Tower and Jumani: Welcome to the Jungle also looked good, indicating a strong year ahead for Tom Rothman’s studio.

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SXSW 2017 Audience Award Winners Include “Baby Driver,” “The Light of the Moon,” “Mr. Roosevelt”

the-light-of-the-moon-excerptSXSW recently announced their coveted Audience Award Winners which included Edgar Wright’s highly anticipated Baby Driver as well as the emotional drama The Light of the Moon starring Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s Stephanie Beatriz. Other big winners include Noel Wells’ (Master of None) directorial debut, Mr. Roosevelt as well as Netflix’s adaptation of Justin Simien’s Dear White People.

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George Lazenby Charms in “Becoming Bond”, “Bill Nye: Science Guy” Shows a Different Side of the TV Icon

becoming-bond-excerptThe documentary Becoming Bond takes a refreshing approach to the story of one-and-done 007 actor George Lazenby while Bill Nye: Science Guy gives the iconic TV personality the scientific credit he deserves.

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“Nobodies” Off to a Hilarious Start, “Hot Summer Nights” Delivers Lukewarm ’90s Thrills

nobodies-excerptComedy nerds will love how Nobodies puts an absurd slant on a specific part of the comedy community, while the ’90s-set pic Hot Summer Nights fails to pick a lane when it comes to tone.

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“Mr. Roosevelt” Brings Humor to the Humiliation of Heartbreak

mr-roosevelt-excerptWhatever you do, don’t call Mr. Roosevelt quirky. Thrift shop dresses are quirky. Ironic coffee shop wall art is quirky. This comedy is not. What could have been an ordinary, boilerplate indie rom-com of the SXSW ilk, is a solid feature debut with lively personality and perspective from Noel Wells.

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“I’m Dying Up Here” Brings the Right Amount of Laughs, Pain, and Tears to the World of Stand-up Comedy

iduh-excerptDavid Flebotte’s Showtime series I’m Dying Up Here attempts to put its finger on the pulse of the comedy world and does an admirable job of itwith the jokes, snark, and riffing. But the humor is merely a vehicle to show the emotional relationship between the characters, the pleasure and pain of dream-chasing, and the catharsis of comedy.

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“Gemini” is a Sleek and Simple Murder Mystery That’s So L.A.

gemini-excerptAaron Katz’s celeb murder mystery gives eerie vibes throughout, but as the film rolls along, the story loosens its grasp on the audience and makes for an ending that is simply satisfying rather than shocking.

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SXSW 2017: The Complete List of Jury and Special Award Winners

most-beautiful-island-excerptThe winners of SXSW’s Jury and Special Awards have been unveiled. Saturday Night Live cast member Sasheer Zamata announced the winners at a special ceremony at the Paramount Theatre in Austin. Ana Asensio’s psychological thriller Most Beautiful Island nabbed the top award in the Narrative Feature Competition while the captivating prison doc The Work earned the award for Documentary Feature Competition.

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Virus-Induced Violence Makes “Mayhem” Delightfully Infectious

mayhem-excerptA genre mash-up of 28 Days Later, The Raid, and Office Space, Mayhem is a non-stop gnarly ride of tortuous blood-soaked fights driven by rage — and it is unbelievably awesome.

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“Small Crimes” is Hugely Complicated and Moderately Satisfying

small-crimes-excerptEvan Katz tackles very heady material in this pulpy noir and although it entertains (to a certain extent) and is stacked with a phenomenal roster of actors, the film tends to become over-involved and twisted within itself.

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“Dear White People” Netflix Series Puts a Deeper, Sharper Focus On Identity Politics

dear-white-people-excerptThe film garnered acclaim at Sundance and turned the volume up a few of notches when it came to the conversation about identity politics. Now, with the new upcoming television adaptation, director Justin Simien plans to put the volume on blast with a series that allows the characters more room to grow with nuance and complexity that was originally planted with firm roots in the original film.

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“The Disaster Artist” Celebrates the Filmmaker Behind the Worst Movie Ever Made

the-disaster-artist-excerptThe adaptation of Greg Sestero’s non-fiction book of the same name tells the story of the author’s friendship with filmmaker and actor (if you want to call him that) Tommy Wiseau, the man responsible for bringing The Room into our lives — which is considered to be “the worst movie of all time.”

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“Atomic Blonde” Is a Bone-Breaking, Action-Packed Espionage ’80s Jamfest

atomic-blonde-excerptFrom beginning to end this is Charlize Theron’s shining moment as an action star. She’s like James Bond, but a lot cooler. Instead of shaken martinis, she guzzles down vodka on eyes and instead of nifty gadgets, she beats guys with everyday items like hoses, hotplates and house keys.

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Jessica Thompson’s Feature Directorial Debut “The Light of the Moon” Is Emotionally Honest and Important

The Light of the Moon ExcerptThe Light of the Moon is a whirlwind of emotions, but one that never treats its subject of sexual assault with anything but sincere honesty and compassion. It’s an important watch, especially for women, and continues to make the case for more female creators in this space.

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“Baby Driver” Asks an Important Question: Is Edgar Wright Incapable of Making a Bad Film?

baby-driver-excerptBetween the Cornetto trilogy and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, writer-director Edgar Wright has never had a bad film in his career — and he’s continuing that streak with his latest project, Baby Driver.

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“Win It All” Is a Fine Film for Joe Swanberg and Jake Johnson Fans

Win It All ExcerptThe latest film from the team of Joe Swanberg and Jake Johnson, Win It All, is a perfectly fine film — good, even, in some regards — but it’s also a safe film.

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“Small Town Crime” Feels Like a Film from Decades Ago — And It Should Have Stayed There

Small Town Crime ExcerptThe new film from Eshom and Ian Nelms, Small Town Crime, feels like it comes exactly out of ’70s Hollywood. Unfortunately, rather than doing anything interesting with the noir crime genre, it simply plays into the same, tired tropes

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Our Prayers Have Been Answered: “American Gods” Will Be One of the Best Shows of the Year

American Gods ExcerptThe American Gods pilot premiere and following Q&A showed today the series is poised to be not only one of the biggest television events of the year, but will also turn out to be one of the most thematically relevant and powerful television series as well.

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Ridley Scott Delivers with Terrifying Scenes from “Alien: Covenant”

Alien Covenant ExcerptRidley Scott introduced three scenes from the upcoming film Alien: Covenant and they are absolutely terrifying — which is, apparently, Scott’s whole goal.

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There’s a Captivating Film Somewhere in “Song to Song,” But It’s Hard to Find

song-to-song-excerptSomewhere in Terrence Malick’s new film Song to Song there’s a beautiful, poignant, heartbreaking story about women but unfortunately, it’s hard to find in the midst of everything else.

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