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5 Things The Dead Don't Die Got Exactly Right About Society (& 5 Things It Got Wrong)

This new zombie flick had an incredibly small release, and definitely did not get half of the recognition that this brilliant film deserves. When the small, peaceful town of Centerville finds itself dealing with the dead when they start rising from their graves, it's up to the quirky, hilarious, and ill-equipped groups of characters to make it out alive. Honestly, this movie is cheesy and kind of cringy, but it's absolutely hilarious and is made with flawless direction and a brilliant script. The whole movie, you might just be asking yourself, "is this a giant metaphor?", and the answer is yes, it is, and it's spectacular. Here are five things that this incredible flick got right in its metaphorical journey about society, and five that might have missed the mark.

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From ‘Schindler’s List’ to ‘A Hidden Life,’ the Unsung Hero of Awards-Season Trailers Is Mark Woollen

If you have an easy movie, the ones where the trailers practically edit themselves, that probably isn’t a Mark Woollen trailer. Woollen is the guy they call when the movies are more idiosyncratic, or their creators are, or both; the ones where the three-act structure may not be visible to the naked eye, or it’s hard to explain exactly what they’re about, but damn if they don’t make you feel something. But how can you see feelings, and in two minutes or less? What kind of marketing is that?

“I don’t know what marketing is,” said Woollen from the Santa Monica offices of Mark Woollen & Associates, where he employs a staff of 30. “I’m trying to represent the film. Filmmakers come to us in a vulnerable place. Sometimes we’re the first eyes seeing the first rough cut of film they’ve been working on for years.
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From ‘Schindler’s List’ to ‘A Hidden Life,’ the Unsung Hero of Awards-Season Trailers Is Mark Woollen

If you have an easy movie, the ones where the trailers practically edit themselves, that probably isn’t a Mark Woollen trailer. Woollen is the guy they call when the movies are more idiosyncratic, or their creators are, or both; the ones where the three-act structure may not be visible to the naked eye, or it’s hard to explain exactly what they’re about, but damn if they don’t make you feel something. But how can you see feelings, and in two minutes or less? What kind of marketing is that?

“I don’t know what marketing is,” said Woollen from the Santa Monica offices of Mark Woollen & Associates, where he employs a staff of 30. “I’m trying to represent the film. Filmmakers come to us in a vulnerable place. Sometimes we’re the first eyes seeing the first rough cut of film they’ve been working on for years.
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The Best of Movie Poster of the Day: Part 21

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Above: Chinese poster for Spirited Away; artist: Zao Dao.The most popular poster to date on my Movie Poster of the Day Instagram, by a dragon’s length, with more than double the amount of likes of its closest contender, was this gorgeous Chinese poster (and its color variant which you can see here) for Miyazaki’s Spirited Away (2001), which apparently just got a Chinese theatrical release eighteen years after it was made. The posters were painted by the young Chinese comic book artist Zao Dao who you can, and should, read more about here.I was happy to see Renato Casaro’s prop poster for Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood’s film-within-the-film Kill Me Now Ringo, Said the Gringo—which I wrote about a couple of weeks ago—make such an impression, as well as another of my favorite Casaros painted forty years earlier, for Screamers, a.k.
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‘Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am’ Director on the Late Author’s ‘Monumental’ Legacy

‘Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am’ Director on the Late Author’s ‘Monumental’ Legacy
Toni Morrison, the Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist who chronicled the black American experience, passed away Monday night at the age of 88. Her death, at the Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, was announced by her publisher, Alfred A. Knopf. The cause of death was complications of pneumonia, according to a spokesperson. (Via The New York Times.) The author of 11 novels, including “Beloved,” “Sula,” and “Song of Solomon,” Morrison became the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize in literature in 1993.

Morrison’s biggest screen legacy was Jonathan Demme’s 1998 adaptation of “Beloved,” which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. Set during the American Civil War, the story follows a former slave who is haunted by a poltergeist and visited by a reincarnation of her daughter. The film starred Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover, and Thandie Newton, and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Costume Design.

In June, Magnolia Pictures
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First ‘Little Monsters’ Trailer Features Lupita Nyong’o as the Dream Zombie Apocalypse Savior

If you thought Jim Jarmusch had the market cornered on zombie horror comedies this year with The Dead Don't Die, think again. Arriving in November is another truly wild entry into the horror-comedy genre: Little Monsters, starring Lupita Nyong'o, Josh Gad, and Alexander England, and directed by Abe Forsythe. The first trailer for Little Monsters arrived this week after premiering at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The trailer features Nyong'o (in what looks like a refreshingly funny turn for the typically serious star) as the eternally optimistic elementary school teacher Miss Caroline, who is overseeing …
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Lupita Nyong'o Protects Kids from Zombies in Little Monsters [Trailer]

It's the year of the zombie comedy. First there was Jim Jarmusch's The Dead Don't Die (review), then there's Zombieland: Double Tap (trailer) coming in October with yet a third to follow: Little Monsters.

Written and directed by Abe Forsythe, Little Monsters stars Lupita Nyong'o as Miss Caroline, a daycare leader taking a group of children to a petting zoo but when a zombie outbreak begins, she finds herself protecting said children from the flesh-eaters - alongside a washed-up musician, played by Stephen Peacocke, and a kids show personality, played by J
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‘Queen & Slim’ Trailer Shows Lena Waithe’s ‘Protest Art’ Thriller Has ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ Ambitions

‘Queen & Slim’ Trailer Shows Lena Waithe’s ‘Protest Art’ Thriller Has ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ Ambitions
From Emmy-winning writer Lena Waithe and director Melina Matsoukas, comes the Makeready-backed buzzy new film, “Queen & Slim,” which stars Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith, in her first starring feature-film role.

Joining a legacy of films such as “Bonnie and Clyde” and “Thelma & Louise,” Waithe’s “Queen & Slim” is a dramatic thriller with romantic undertones that follows a black couple (Kaluuya and Turner-Smith) on a first date who are pulled over by a police officer, who they are then forced to kill in self-defense, and must go on the run.

The official synopsis reads: “While on a forgettable first date together in Ohio, a black man and a black woman are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. The situation escalates, with sudden and tragic results, when the man kills the police officer in self-defense. Terrified and in fear for their lives, the man, a retail employee, and the woman,
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Rushes: New Jia Zhangke, Christopher Doyle Discusses "Chungking Express," Simba vs. Kimba

Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.NEWSJia Zhangke on the set of So Close to My LandThe latest from Jia Zhangke film is entitled So Close to My Land, an eight-chapter documentary that follows "esteemed Chinese writers Jia Pingwa, Yu Hua and Liang Hong" across four provinces. Jia also notes that the film is "an Eisenstein-styled film, with great subjective influence." Russian Ark filmmaker Aleksandr Sokurov has announced that he is shutting down his film foundation Primer Inotnatsii, which supports young Russian filmmakers, in response to pressure from Russia's culture ministry and a lack of funding. The organization helped producer Kantemir Balagov's Closeness, which Mubi premiered in May.Recommended VIEWINGThe first trailer for Takashi Miike's First Love, which follows an orphaned boxer caught in a turf war between Japanese yakuza and Chinese gangs. Read editor Daniel Kasman's review of the film here.
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‘The Dead Don’t Die’ Review – Second Opinion

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Stars: Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, Danny Glover, Caleb Landry Jones, Selena Gomez, Austin Butler, Luka Sabbat, Rosie Perez, Eszter Balint, Iggy Pop, Sara Driver, RZA, Carol Kane, Larry Fessenden, Tom Waits | Written and Directed by Jim Jarmusch

The Dead Don’t Die is the latest feature from director Jim Jarmusch and stars a gigantic cast list of Adam Driver, Bill Murray, Selena Gomez, Tilda Swinton and RZA, to name just a few. The film follows three police officers of Chief Cliff Robertson (Murray), Officer Ronnie Peterson (Driver) and Officer Mindy Morrison (Chloë Sevigny) in the peaceful middle American town of Centerville, of which finds itself and the characters battling an onslaught of a Zombie invasion.

Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die, on a very surface level approach, is equivalent to that of Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead. A sweeping comedic venture into the genre of horror.
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‘The Dead Don’t Die’ Rises on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital This September

The zombie comedy The Dead Don't Die from filmmaker Jim Jarmusch is coming to Digital on September 3rd followed by a Blu-ray and DVD release a week later on September 10th. A 4K Ultra HD version is not in the cards for this release.

The Dead Don't Die prides itself in having collected the "greatest zombie cast ever disassembled." That ensemble includes Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Chloë Sevigny, Tilda Swinton, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, Caleb Landry Jones, Rosie Perez, Iggy Pop, Sara Driver, RZA, Selena Gomez, Carol Kane, Austin Butler, Luka Sabbat, and Tom Waits.

A trio of bonus features are shared across all formats so there are no exclusives to worry about. They are:

Bill Murray: Zombie Hunting Action Star – Bill Murray discusses his fear of being typecast as an action hero.

Behind-the-Scenes of The Dead Don’t Die – A collection of behind the scenes moments from the set
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The Dead Don’t Die comedy shambles home in Sept.

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Universal City, California, July 25, 2019 – A quiet town finds itself under attack from the undead with the greatest zombie cast ever disassembled in the comedy, The Dead Don’T Die, arriving on Digital on September 3, 2019 and on Blu-rayTM, DVD and On Demand on September 10, 2019 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Showcasing exclusive bonus features not seen in theaters including insight from the cast and filmmakers, as well as a closer look at the making of the film that takes fans deeper into this “giddy apocalypse with no way out”. Starring Academy Award®† winner Bill Murray, Adam Driver and Chloë Sevigny, The Dead Don’T Die is a “hilariously fun” and irreverent film unlike any you’ve seen before.

Directed by indie filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, The Dead Don’T Die features a powerhouse of an ensemble cast including Tilda Swinton, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, Caleb Landry Jones, Rosie Perez, Iggy Pop, Sara Driver (Stranger than Paradise), RZA,
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The Dead Don’T Die Arrives on Digital September 3rd and Blu-ray & DVD on September 10th

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment announces the home media release of The Dead Don't Die, hitting digital services on September 3rd, with a Blu-ray an DVD release to follow on September 10th. Here's the official announcement and cover art:

Universal City, California, July 25, 2019 – A quiet town finds itself under attack from the undead with the greatest zombie cast ever disassembled in the comedy, The Dead Don’T Die, arriving on Digital on September 3, 2019 and on Blu-rayTM, DVD and On Demand on September 10, 2019 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Showcasing exclusive bonus features not seen in theaters including insight from the cast and filmmakers, as well as a closer look at the making of the film that takes fans deeper into this “giddy apocalypse with no way out”. Starring Academy Award®† winner Bill Murray, Adam Driver and Chloë Sevigny, Thedead Don’T Die is a “hilariously fun” and irreverent film unlike any you’ve seen before.
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The Dead Don’t Die Arrives on Blu-Ray This September

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Get ready to battle ghouls from the comfort of your couch when the star-studded, zombie comedy, The Dead Don’t Die, hits blu-ray in early September. If you missed out on Jim Jarmusch’s latest film in theaters (or simply want to enjoy it again and again), you’ll get the chance soon enough. Today brings word of […]

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‘Abbas Kiarostami: A Retrospective’ Trailer: Janus Films Highlights The Acclaimed Filmmaker’s Best Films & Never-Before-Seen Shorts

There’s nothing like recognition from your peers to help build your reputation in your given field. And if you’re a filmmaker, having special commendations from legends like Jim Jarmusch, Jean-Luc Godard, and Martin Scorsese is pretty invaluable. So, even if you’re not familiar with the work of Abbas Kiarostami, then take it from those three, he’s a filmmaker you need to know.

Thankfully, Janus Films is here to help you not only experience the work of Kiarostami but to do so in one of the most comprehensive and amazing ways.

Continue reading ‘Abbas Kiarostami: A Retrospective’ Trailer: Janus Films Highlights The Acclaimed Filmmaker’s Best Films & Never-Before-Seen Shorts at The Playlist.
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Sturgill Simpson Announces New Album, Anime Film ‘Sound & Fury’

Sturgill Simpson Announces New Album, Anime Film ‘Sound & Fury’
Sturgill Simpson announced his new album Sound & Fury Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con, where the country singer also previewed the LP’s Netflix-bound companion anime film.

The album is Simpson’s first since his 2016 LP A Sailor’s Guide To Earth, which won the Grammy for Best Country Album along with a nomination for Album of the Year. Simpson produced Sound & Fury, an album he called his “heaviest” and “most psychedelic” yet.

“We went in without any preconceived notions and came out with a really sleazy, steamy rock n roll record,
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25 Great Films That Bombed at the Box Office

25 Great Films That Bombed at the Box Office
Martin Scorsese, Paul Thomas Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, Jim Jarmusch, Denis Villeneuve, and Darren Aronofsky are all considered some of the greatest directors working today, but none of them are immune to a box office flop. Over the years, some of the best directors and many of the strongest films in any given year have failed to turn a profit. The box office can be a ruthless place and flops aren’t just reserved for bad films with poor reviews.

This year, box office bombs have ranged from the superhero tentpole “Dark Phoenix” to franchise reboot “Men in Black: International” and the Sundance sensation “Late Night.” In some cases, movies flop because they’re flat out bad movies. In other cases, a film might just be too challenging or weird to connect with a wide audience. Whatever the case may be, the following 25 films are all worth your time despite tanking
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Kid Cudi, Chloe Sevigny Will Star in HBO Drama from ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Director

Kid Cudi, Chloe Sevigny Will Star in HBO Drama from ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Director
Luca Guadagnino has cast Chloë Sevigny, Alice Braga and Kid Cudi in an upcoming HBO drama series, the Hollywood Reporter wrote on Thursday. Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name, A Bigger Splash, 2018’s Suspiria) will pen the script and serve as the showrunner on We Are Who We Are, a coming-of-age story about two American teens living on a military base in Italy.

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Chloë Sevigny To Star In Luca Guadagnino’s HBO/Sky Drama ‘We Are Who We Are’

Chloë Sevigny To Star In Luca Guadagnino’s HBO/Sky Drama ‘We Are Who We Are’
Chloë Sevigny is to star in Luca Guadagnino’s forthcoming HBO/Sky drama We Are Who We Are. The actress, who recently starred in Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die and Hulu’s The Act, is one of a number of cast including a slew of newcomers for the series, which shoots in Italy later this month.

The show, which Suspiria director Guadagnino will write, direct and showrun, is a coming of age story about two American teenagers who, along with their military and civilian parents, are living on an American military base in Italy. The series centers on friendship, first-love and all the unknowns of being a teenager, which could happen anywhere, but in this case, happens to be in this little slice of America in Italy.

The eight-episode drama is produced by The Young Pope producer Wildside and is distributed by Fremantle.

Sevigny is joined by
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Rushes: Gerwig-Baumbach's "Barbie," Andrea Arnold vs. HBO, Reagan-Era Movies

Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.NEWSCitizen Kane.After an extended sojourn from filmmaking with canceled productions and the Netflix show Mindhunter, David Fincher has finally locked his next film. Derived from a screenplay written by his father (!), it concerns Citizen Kane's co-writer Herman Mankiewicz, to be played by Gary Oldman and photographed in black and white (!!!).Greta Gerwig will be co-writing a live-action Barbie—yes, the Barbie—movie with Noah Baumbach. The film will star Margot Robbie as the titular doll. Recommended VIEWINGThe long-awaited trailer for Inventing the Future, by Isiah Medina—whose films Semi-Auto Colours, 88:88, and Idizwadidiz previously screened on Mubi. The film is an adaptation of Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work by Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams.The Museum of Modern Art launches its first "online film exhibition highlighting NYC shorts from
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