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Cinedigm Acquires Eric Stoltz-Helmed ‘Class Rank’ For May Release

Cinedigm Acquires Eric Stoltz-Helmed ‘Class Rank’ For May Release
Exclusive: Cinedigm has acquired North American distribution rights to Class Rank, the high school comedy directed by Eric Stoltz and starring Olivia Holt and Skyler Gisondo. A day-and-date theatrical release is set for May 11.

The plot of the pic penned by Benjamin August centers on two high school outsiders, Veronica (Holt), a type-A personality with Ivy League aspirations, and Bernard (Gisondo), a quirky nerd, who join forces to overtake the local school board and…
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Independent Spirit Awards 2018: ‘Get Out’ has best odds for Best Picture, but our top users are backing ‘Call Me by Your Name’

Independent Spirit Awards 2018: ‘Get Out’ has best odds for Best Picture, but our top users are backing ‘Call Me by Your Name’
The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” have emerged as the top two contenders for Best Picture at the Oscars, but even though both were eligible at the Independent Spirit Awards they were left out of top category at those kudos (“Shape of Water” was snubbed across the board). That opens the door the Jordan Peele‘s horror satire “Get Out,” which currently leads with 5/6 odds. But our top users think “Call Me by Your Name” actually has the advantage.

Our racetrack odds are based on the combined predictions of more than 1,600 users who have entered their Spirit Awards picks at Gold Derby thus far. That includes eight Expert journalists we’ve polled from top media outlets, seven of whom agree that “Get Out” will win: Edward Douglas, Joyce Eng (Gold Derby), Tariq Khan (Fox News), Sasha Stone (Awards Daily), Anne Thompson (IndieWire), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) and Susan Wloszczyna (RogerEbert.
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Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass Sign New 4-Picture Deal With Netflix

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Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass Sign New 4-Picture Deal With Netflix
Jay and Mark Duplass have signed a new four-picture deal with Netflix, which will start with an untitled film starring Ray Romano, Netflix announced Wednesday.

Netflix’s relationship with the Duplass brothers goes back to their first feature film, “The Puffy Chair,” which Netflix’s Red Envelope Entertainment co-distributed in 2005. In 2015, Netflix signed an Svod deal with the brothers that included “Blue Jay,” “Take Me” and “Creep 2,” as well as the upcoming “Duck Butter” and “Outside In.”

The previous agreement gave Netflix exclusive worldwide SVOD distribution rights after a short theatrical window.
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‘The Outsider’ Trailer: Jared Leto Explores The Yakuza Underworld

A big step in Netflix’s world domination plan is to release 80 (yup, you read that right) original films in 2018. Releasing so many films, it gives them a chance to try their hand at several different genres to reach the widest audiences. So far, the pictures they’ve released this year have ranged from a sci-fi franchise thriller to a Sundance dramedy and beyond, and now they have a yakuza flick coming with “The Outsider.”

The Outsider” stars actual Academy Award winner and method actor Jared Leto alongside Tadanobu Asano, Rory Cochrane, Shiori Kutsuna, Emile Hirsch, and Kippei Shiina.
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‘Phantom Thread’ Giveaway: Win Tickets For a Live Orchestra Screening in La

‘Phantom Thread’ Giveaway: Win Tickets For a Live Orchestra Screening in La
If you have seen “Phantom Thread,” you probably spent a good chunk of the film swooning over Jonny Greenwood’s Oscar-nominated score, which seems to perfectly compliment Paul Thomas Anderson’s period piece. Wordless Music, a Brooklyn-based orchestra which specializes in live-score screenings, are also big fans and have put together some special screenings as a result. Their previous performances include “The Tree of Life,” “Under the Skin” and “There Will Be Blood,” which Greenwood performed with the group.

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Just in time for Oscars weekend, Wordless Music will be performing Greenwood’s score as part of a live orchestra screening of “Phantom Thread” in Los Angeles, and IndieWire are your ticket into this must-see event. We have three pairs of tickets for three lucky IndieWire readers based in Los Angeles for the midnight screening on Friday,
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Danny Boyle & John Hodge Writing New Script For ‘Bond 25’

The “Bond 25” saga has taken yet another twist in what is frankly becoming one of the most tedious stories in Hollywood (seriously Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, just pick a director and stick with it). Yesterday, word emerged that in the ongoing hunt for a director of the next James Bond movie, Danny Boyle’s name came into the mix. At the time, no formal offers had been made, but a lot has changed in 24 hours.
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‘The Master’ Is Paul Thomas Anderson’s Favorite Movie, Even If He’s ‘Not Sure It Was Entirely Successful’

‘The Master’ Is Paul Thomas Anderson’s Favorite Movie, Even If He’s ‘Not Sure It Was Entirely Successful’
Some directors don’t like to pick favorites, but Paul Thomas Anderson isn’t one of them. The filmmaker has not hidden the fact he considers “The Master” to be his favorite film of the eight features he’s directed, and he’s remaining committed to his love for “The Master” in the wake of “Phantom Thread” earning six Oscar nominations. In a recent interview with The Los Angeles Times, Anderson said he doesn’t think “The Master” will ever not be his most beloved.

“I think that won’t change,” Anderson said. “The amount of emotion I put into it and they put into it — they being Phil [Seymour Hoffman], Joaquin [Phoenix] and Amy [Adams]. I’m not sure it’s entirely successful. But that’s fine with me. It feels right. It feels unique to me.”

“I really hope it will be something people can revisit and enjoy in a way that equals my pride in it,
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‘Yardie’ First Trailer: Idris Elba Channels Martin Scorsese and ‘City of God’ in His Directorial Debut

‘Yardie’ First Trailer: Idris Elba Channels Martin Scorsese and ‘City of God’ in His Directorial Debut
After nearly two decades of acting in front of the camera, Idris Elba is finally jumping into the director’s chair for his feature directorial debut, “Yardie.” The movie premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. While the gangster thriller is still seeking U.S. distribution, StudioCanal UK has debuted the first trailer for the film, and it solidly sells the its many genre influences, from classics like Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas” to “City of God.”

Yardie” centers on the life of a young Jamaican man named D (Aml Ameen), whose brother was murdered in their home of Kingston when D was just a child. D ended up being raised by the local mafia boss and years later has the chance to take revenge on the man who killed his brother. Everaldo Creary, Shantol Jackson, and Stephen Graham co-star.

Watch the first trailer for “Yardie” below.
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‘Yardie’ Trailer: Idris Elba’s Directorial Debut Starts A War

Getting your directorial debut seen isn’t always easy, but it doesn’t hurt if your name is Idris Elba. The actor has gone behind the camera to make his first movie, and has earned the blessing of the Sundance Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival programmers, where the movie has screened. Now it’s going from the festival circuit to the multiplex, and the first taste has landed.

Based on the book by Victor Headley, “Yardie” follows a young man from Kingston, Jamaica who looks to leave his troubled past behind in London.
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‘The Frankenstein Chronicles’ Review: Sean Bean’s Netflix Series Comes Roaring to Life After Three Years in Purgatory

‘The Frankenstein Chronicles’ Review: Sean Bean’s Netflix Series Comes Roaring to Life After Three Years in Purgatory
Much like the mysterious characters’ laborious attempts to create living beings from dead flesh, “The Frankenstein Chronicles” had a long journey to American audiences. Acquired by A&E in 2015 to bolster its fledgling scripted originals programming, the Sean Bean-starring period drama never made it to the Arts & Entertainment network. Despite success with “Bates Motel,” the cable network couldn’t break through the peak TV pack with anything other than reality television (long live “Storage Wars”), so it scrapped the written word and moved on from such “Chronicles.”

But “Frankenstein” refused to die. The first season was met with strong reviews in the United Kingdom, airing on ITV’s Encore station, and was renewed for a second six-episode run. That much content cannot be ignored in today’s buyer’s market, especially with Bean’s internationally known mug leading both seasons. In swooped the streaming giant, and another Netflix “original” was born.
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Berlinale 2018. Transmissions from Planet Weimar: Anatomy of an Anatomy of an Anatomy

Never underestimate the power of a title to deceive you. I have dreamed of many films that never were because their namesakes, stirred around for years in the acid vat that is my brain, lead my imagination in other directions. What was I expecting? Abwege. The Devious Path. Or literally, Astray … I wandered into this strange and beautiful film from 1928, projected onto the dull, towering multiplex screen before me—a novel sight in itself—expecting to encounter something wretched and all-encompassing, something Stygian, wicked. A black-hearted vision of a moralist’s underworld perhaps. Abwege. I nestle into my seat, a throne clearly designed for the passive consumption of blockbusters. The cupholder alone is awesome in its scale; those nearby sit vacant. Then the film, accompanied by Richard Siedoff’s fine live piano soundtrack, begins. Fade in. Two women chat with each other on a loveseat, picking away at a plate
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‘A Fantastic Woman’s’ Daniela Vega Is Having Her ‘Best Moment’

When filmmaker Sebastián Lelio sent the script for “A Fantastic Woman” to Daniela Vega it included a huge surprise, the celebrated director of “Gloria” wanted the Chilean singer to play the title role of Marina. Vega was simply shocked.

“I called him and told him he was totally crazy,” She says laughing. “‘How has it occurred to you I would be capable of doing this?’ And he said he was 100% sure I was going to be able to do it.
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Harvey Weinstein: British Documentary Reveals New Details Behind Settlement Deal That Could Have Stopped Him Years Ago

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Harvey Weinstein: British Documentary Reveals New Details Behind Settlement Deal That Could Have Stopped Him Years Ago
Even after months of stories chronicling allegations of sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein, there’s still more to be told. A new Channel 4 documentary, which premiered Tuesday in the U.K., has revealed a few more alleged instances of brutal behavior by the once-powerful producer — as well as the deal that theoretically could have led to real change years ago when he was still in charge at Miramax, had its terms been followed.

“Working With Weinstein” is themed around the fact that Weinstein’s career was built in England, making British films while also tormenting his British colleagues. The focus is primarily on producer Zelda Perkins, who for years was unable to tell her stories — but has been given a voice by the documentary. (Weinstein only appears in B-roll and photographs, but the final segment includes a statement denying the documentary’s allegations.)

“Working With Weinstein” contains many stories,
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‘Channel Zero: Butcher’s Block’: Sundance Alum Arkasha Stevenson on Turning Cannibalism into TV Art

As Arkasha Stevenson can now tell you, directing TV horror has its filmmaking perks. The director of all six episodes of “Channel Zero: Butcher’s Block” knows of at least one thing that really helped make this process work.

“I am in love with technocranes now. I want one. I want to ride it to the grocery store every day. I love them,” Stevenson said in a recent IndieWire interview. “Working on smaller projects, you have so many ideas in your head that you just can’t execute, because you don’t have the crew or you don’t have the tools and you don’t have the resources.”

Bringing “Butcher’s Block” to life brought the usual difficult “Channel Zero” balancing act of juggling a grounded horror story with some of the most terrifying visions anywhere on TV. Luckily for Stevenson, her first stint as a TV director came
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Attention, College Filmmakers: This Screenplay Competition Could Win You A $1 Million Dollar Production Budget

Attention, College Filmmakers: This Screenplay Competition Could Win You A $1 Million Dollar Production Budget
Producers Jason Shuman (“Lone Survivor”) and Zachary Green (“Spartan”) have announced the debut of the Launch, a first of its kind Million Dollar Screenplay Competition for college students. The competition will reward eight finalists with $100,000 grants each. The writer behind the grand prize-winning screenplay will receive a production budget of at least one million dollars to help him or her turn their script into a short or feature.

Launch is open to college students around the world enrolled in an accredited two-year, four-year college/university or graduate program. Screenplay submissions will be accepted Thursday, March 1 through Thursday, May 31 on the official Launch website. Winners will be announced in August. Production on the winning screenplay is being slated for Q4 2018.

The screenplays will be judged by the Launch Board of Advisors: casting sirector Barbara Fiorentino, screenwriter Eduardo Cisneros, Apa agent Chris Ridenhour, educator Madeleine Sherak, PhD, Valor Entertainment manager Carlos Bobadilla,
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Steven Soderbergh’s Cutting Edge, Throwback Thriller ‘Unsane’ [Berlin Review]

With perhaps the very faintest of asterisks beside “Haywire” and “The Girlfriend Experience” (and please don’t @ me if you’re fans of those films, they’re fine) Steven Soderbergh couldn’t make a bad film if he tried. That is a relief because most people choosing to deliver a lurid psych-thriller-meets-exploitation-flick shot entirely on an iPhone could be accused of trying very hard to make a bad film.
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Oscars 2018: Here Are the Cameras Used to Shoot The Films Nominated for Best Cinematography

Oscars 2018: Here Are the Cameras Used to Shoot The Films Nominated for Best Cinematography
Every cinematographer knows that picking the right camera and lens doesn’t create the look of a movie. Yet understanding how these Oscar-nominated cinematographers determined the right tools for these five distinctive films reveals not only their intention, but also their approach and process.

While shooting on film stock continues to make a comeback, with “prestige” period films in particular, what’s interesting is among this year’s Best Cinematography nominees — four of which are period films, three set against the backdrop of World War II — only “Dunkirk” was shot on film, as director Christopher Nolan and Dp Hoyte van Hoytema continue to pioneer the use of IMAX film cameras in traditional Hollywood filmmaking. The other four nominees relied on Arri’s Alexa cameras to capture looks as varied as the hot summer landscape of 1940s Mississippi to the wintery silver of Los Angeles 100 years afterward.

Here are the cinematographers
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‘Unsane’ Review: Steven Soderbergh’s iPhone-Shot Thriller is a Delicious Satire of Modern Technology — Berlinale 2018

‘Unsane’ Review: Steven Soderbergh’s iPhone-Shot Thriller is a Delicious Satire of Modern Technology — Berlinale 2018
Marketing materials for Steven Soderbergh’s “Unsane” stress that the newly un-retired filmmaker saw this nervy, iPhone-shot thriller as such a departure that he looked into releasing this film under a pseudonym. That in and of itself is hardly surprising for the film-craft polymath; he’s worked as a cinematographer and editor under the pseudonyms Peter Andrews and Mary Ann Bernard (which, fun fact, are the names of the director’s parents) for years. It’s more surprising that he would make such hoopla for this film. “Unsane” brims with curiosity about digital technology, discomfort with corporate bureaucracies, and is spiked through and through with icy wit – in short, it could never be anything but a Soderbergh film, and a particularly delicious one at that.

But success has many fathers, as the saying goes, and with its limited setting, punchy cast, and definite horror bite, the film is also very
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Jordan Peele Explains How ‘Get Out’ Script Change Reshaped The Film

With the Writer’s Guild of America having handed out the 2018 WGA screenplay award to “Get Out,” many are now expecting the Jordan Peele penned social satire to win the Best Original Screenplay Oscar come March 4th. The film was released almost one year ago to this day and it was almost impossible to think that this small-budgeted movie from one half of the comedy duo known as Key and Peele, would be the most critically acclaimed movie of 2017.
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Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer And Mark Hamill Among Latest 90th Oscars Presenters

The Oscars are less tan two weeks away and that means it’s time for the Academy to announce more presenters for the 90th Academy Awards. Joining host Jimmy Kimmel on the Oscars stage will be none other than Gal Gadot (“Wonder Woman”), Mark Hamill (“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”), Best Supporting Actor snub Armie Hammer (“Call Me By Your Name”), Oscar Isaac (“Life Itself”), Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Mary Poppins Returns”), Gina Rodriguez (“Annihilation”), Oscar winner Eva Marie Saint (“On The Waterfront”), Wes Studi (“Wind River”), Kelly Marie Tran (“Downsizing”) and Zendaya (“The Greatest Showman”).
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