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Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ Set for Centerpiece Screening at Rome Festival

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Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ Set for Centerpiece Screening at Rome Festival
Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” will be among highlights of the upcoming Rome Film Festival, following its European launch as the closing film at the BFI London Film Festival.

As with the Oct. 13 London premiere, key cast members of the hotly anticipated Netflix film are expected to attend the screening in Rome, as is Scorsese. The Rome premiere, which festival director Antonio Monda described as the event’s “centerpiece,” will take place on October 21.

The Irishman” reunites Scorsese with his “Gangs of New York” screenwriter Steve Zaillian, who adapts from Charles Brandt’s novel “I Heard You Paint Houses,” about the unsolved mystery of union boss Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance. The long-gestating film provides “a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organized crime: its inner workings, rivalries and connections to mainstream politics,” according to promotional materials.

Besides Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, who star in the roles of Frank Sheeran and Jimmy Hoffa,
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‘The Irishman’ To Get Centerpiece Screening At The Rome Film Festival

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‘The Irishman’ To Get Centerpiece Screening At The Rome Film Festival
Martin Scorsese and Netflix’s The Irishman will get a centerpiece screening at the Rome Film Festival on October 21.

The film will have its world premiere at the New York Film Festival on September 27 and its international premiere at the London Film Festival in mid-October before a limited theatrical run in early November and a Netflix release later in the month.

The anticipated crime-epic tells a sprawling story that culminates in the murder of Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa — played by Al Pacino — as seen through the eyes of WWII vet Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro), a hustler and hitman who claims he ended Hoffa’s life on orders of mob boss Russell Bufalino (Joe Pesci). Hoffa’s body has never been found and Sheeran’s admission is one of numerous theories of the union boss’s demise.

“The participation of The Irishman as the centerpiece at the Rome Film Fest
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Advantage, ‘Jojo Rabbit’: Here’s What Happens After the Tiff Audience Award

Advantage, ‘Jojo Rabbit’: Here’s What Happens After the Tiff Audience Award
The morning after “Jojo Rabbit” made its world premiere in Toronto, Taika Waititi, the 44-year-old New Zealand actor-writer-director, was understandably confused. His movie played through the roof with audiences who cheered his lighthearted but serious fable about a lonely young Nazi enthusiast (Roman Griffin Davis) and his imaginary friend Hitler (Waititi), who finds himself fighting for dominance with a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) hidden by his activist mother (Scarlett Johansson) behind a wall in his house.

But the day after its debut the film was hovering around 50 on Metacritic. That’s why figuring out the Oscar potential for this movie is dicey. You don’t have to have critical acclaim to win an Oscar. Look at “Bohemian Rhapsody” last year (Metacritic: 49). But that was a worldwide $893 million blockbuster based on the enormous appeal of Queen and Freddie Mercury. The Oscar win went to Rami Malek.

While “Jojo Rabbit” may play well to Academy voters,
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Advantage, ‘Jojo Rabbit’: Here’s What Happens After the Tiff Audience Award

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Advantage, ‘Jojo Rabbit’: Here’s What Happens After the Tiff Audience Award
The morning after “Jojo Rabbit” made its world premiere in Toronto, Taika Waititi, the 44-year-old New Zealand actor-writer-director, was understandably confused. His movie played through the roof with audiences who cheered his lighthearted but serious fable about a lonely young Nazi enthusiast (Roman Griffin Davis) and his imaginary friend Hitler (Waititi), who finds himself fighting for dominance with a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) hidden by his activist mother (Scarlett Johansson) behind a wall in his house.

But the day after its debut the film was hovering around 50 on Metacritic. That’s why figuring out the Oscar potential for this movie is dicey. You don’t have to have critical acclaim to win an Oscar. Look at “Bohemian Rhapsody” last year (Metacritic: 49). But that was a worldwide $893 million blockbuster based on the enormous appeal of Queen and Freddie Mercury. The Oscar win went to Rami Malek.

While “Jojo Rabbit” may play well to Academy voters,
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Don’t Believe the Tiff Hype: ‘Hustlers’ Is More Globes than Oscars, ‘A Hidden Life’ Is Fox Searchlight’s Gem

Don’t Believe the Tiff Hype: ‘Hustlers’ Is More Globes than Oscars, ‘A Hidden Life’ Is Fox Searchlight’s Gem
The Toronto International Film Festival’s welcoming audiences and traffic-chasing media can deliver a mighty headwind for movies hoping to gain momentum in the Oscar race. But not everybody gets that push. And the reality does not always match the clickbait headlines.

Yes, festival fave “Hustlers” rode a tsunami of press. After all, Jennifer Lopez is an established global star who knew exactly what to do with her alluring role as a pole-riding stripper. But while all that buzz might pull moviegoers into theaters this weekend, “Hustlers” (which B-movie distributor Stx took over from A-movie producer Annapurna) is far more likely to play for the Hollywood Foreign Press than the more tony Academy voters, who want their Oscar contenders to shine with the patina of art. If the movie is a hit and Lopez’s team finds financial backing for an awards campaign, she could squeak into a Supporting Actress slot.
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Don’t Believe the Tiff Hype: ‘Hustlers’ Is More Globes than Oscars, ‘A Hidden Life’ Is Fox Searchlight’s Gem

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Don’t Believe the Tiff Hype: ‘Hustlers’ Is More Globes than Oscars, ‘A Hidden Life’ Is Fox Searchlight’s Gem
The Toronto International Film Festival’s welcoming audiences and traffic-chasing media can deliver a mighty headwind for movies hoping to gain momentum in the Oscar race. But not everybody gets that push. And the reality does not always match the clickbait headlines.

Yes, festival fave “Hustlers” rode a tsunami of press. After all, Jennifer Lopez is an established global star who knew exactly what to do with her alluring role as a pole-riding stripper. But while all that buzz might pull moviegoers into theaters this weekend, “Hustlers” (which B-movie distributor Stx took over from A-movie producer Annapurna) is far more likely to play for the Hollywood Foreign Press than the more tony Academy voters, who want their Oscar contenders to shine with the patina of art. If the movie is a hit and Lopez’s team finds financial backing for an awards campaign, she could squeak into a Supporting Actress slot.
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The Most Iconic “Cult Classics” of All Time

Ej Moreno on iconic cult classics…

What does it take for a film to be considered a “cult classic?” Many define it as a movie that is popular among a particular group, but for me, that isn’t always the case. Some cult classics can become larger than life presences in the industry, taking over fan conventions and getting remakes/spin-offs. For this listicle, my goal is to celebrate the films that are staples in the cult circuit – even if a movie is beloved by more than just a tiny group of cinema nerds. You may recognize some entries on this list, while others might be wholly new to you. But use this as a way to expand your watch list with some iconic cult classics. Now prepare to enter the strange side of filmmaking!

Staff Picks:

The Transformers: The Movie (Suggested by Gary Collinson)

This 1986 animated film created a
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Toronto Film Review: ‘Jojo Rabbit’

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Toronto Film Review: ‘Jojo Rabbit’
Long ago, turning Nazi Germany into a joke was verboten. Or, at least, it seems like it was; it’s actually hard to imagine a time when that was the case. Charlie Chaplin made Hitler into a figure of ridicule in “The Great Dictator,” released in 1940. I grew up watching “Hogan’s Heroes,” which portrayed life in a German wartime prison — the inept sadist Col. Klink! — as a kind of Nazi sitcom day camp (with the emphasis on camp). “Springtime for Hitler,” the scandalous musical number from Mel Brooks’ “The Producers,” was once the cutting edge of black comedy, but not for the last 50 years. Quentin Tarantino thumbed his nose at Nazis with jaunty glee in “Inglourious Basterds,” and who would have had it any other way?

That said, let’s give “Jojo Rabbit” credit for this much: It’s the first hipster Nazi comedy. Written and directed by the
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Katy Perry's Dog-Filled Music Video For "Small Talk" Is Best in Show

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Katy Perry knows what the people want: dogs! And more dogs! Dogs doing tricks! Dogs wearing tiny outfits! Dogs who bear a startling resemblance to their owners! All can be found in the pup-filled music video for her latest single, "Small Talk," which sees the pop star (and expert prankster) taking on the role of an overachieving dog mom out to win a Westminster-like competition called the "Mutt Ball," which looks like it was designed by Wes Anderson.

The visuals for her breakup bop not only include Perry donning some fabulously over-the-top ensembles but also costar her real-life teacup poodle, Nugget. The itty-bitty dog even gets to have Lady and the Tramp-style romance of her own with a fellow contestant's Weimaraner. Watch the adorable, colorful video above, and then check out the cheeky Instagram post Perry shared about the video.
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Wes Anderson's Movies, Ranked By Rotten Tomatoes

Wes Anderson has one of the most distinctive voices in cinema today. It can be described (or even dismissed) as “quirky,” but it’s more than that. He has a strong grasp of symmetry when composing his scenes and framing his shots; he casts Bill Murray in even weirder roles than he usually plays; and he makes movies that, however strange-looking, focus on very real human relationships and how we handle various different emotions.

Related: Wes Anderson’s 10 Most Memorable Characters

Most of Anderson’s movies are acclaimed by critics, but some have been more universally adored than others. So, here are Wes Anderson’s Movies, Ranked By Rotten Tomatoes.
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Toronto: Criterion Collection Lands Canadian Distributor

Toronto: Criterion Collection Lands Canadian Distributor
Indie distributor Unobstructed View has acquired the exclusive Canadian distribution rights to the art house-focused Criterion Collection.

The Canadian deal, which includes films from David Cronenberg, Norman Jewison, Orson Welles, Spike Lee, Agnes Varda and Wes Anderson, follows Entertainment One ending its own deal to release the collection titles north of the U.S.-Canada border.

Stateside, the Criterion Channel streaming service, launched in April with more than 1,000 classic and contemporary films as a domestic replacement for Filmstruck, which WarnerMedia shuttered after two years in service.

"Criterion is the gold standard for DVD and Blu-ray releases, and ...
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Justin Timberlake To Star In Fisher Stevens’ Sk Global Drama Feature ‘Palmer’

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Justin Timberlake To Star In Fisher Stevens’ Sk Global Drama Feature ‘Palmer’
Justin Timberlake is set to star in Fisher Stevens’ upcoming drama feature Palmer for Sk Global, which will begin production this fall.

Academy Award-winning producer Charles B. Wessler (Green Book) will produce alongside Sk Global co-CEOs John Penotti and Charlie Corwin. Sidney Kimmel and Daniel Nadler will also produce. Sk Global and Nadler will co-finance the film, the script of which appeared on the 2016 Blacklist.

Palmer, written by Cheryl Guerriero, follows a former college football phenomenon named Eddie Palmer (Timberlake) who, after a stint in prison, returns to his hometown to get his life back on track. There, he faces not only lingering conflicts from his past but also a much more surprising challenge as he finds himself suddenly in charge of a unique young boy who has been abandoned by his wayward mother.

Penotti and Corwin stated, “Justin and Fisher bring a resonant perspective to this emotional story. It
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‘Royalties’: Tony Revolori, Georgia King & John Stamos To Recur On Quibi’s Musical Comedy

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‘Royalties’: Tony Revolori, Georgia King & John Stamos To Recur On Quibi’s Musical Comedy
Tony Revolori (Spider-Man: Far From Home), Georgia King (Vice Principals) and John Stamos (Fuller House) have signed to recur opposite Ep/co-writer Darren Criss and Kether Donohue in Quibi’s Royalties.

Production is underway in Los Angeles on Royalties, a satirical take on the oft-untold story of songwriters behind the world’s biggest hits. It follows the ascent of a ragtag songwriting duo – Sara (Donohue) and Pierce (Criss) – as they navigate the strange and hilarious challenges of creating a truly great song, week after week.

Each episode will feature real-life entertainment personalities portraying fictitious (and ridiculous) music stars, along with original songs penned by Criss.

No details were provided about the roles for Revolori, King or Stamos.

Criss is co-writing and executive-producing the series with longtime collaborators Nick and Matt Lang, fellow co-founders of YouTube’s Team Starkid. Berman, Hend Baghdady, Joe Earley and Ricky Rollins also executive produce.

Revolori
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Toronto: Eclipse Pictures Buys WW Sales Rights To Willem Dafoe, Morena Baccarin, Pedro Pascal Thriller ‘Tropico;’ Giada Colagrande Directs

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Exclusive: Eclipse Pictures has acquired worldwide sales rights to Tropico, a noirish thriller set in Brazil being directed by Giada Colagrande from a screenplay by Barry Gifford. Willem Dafoe, Morena Baccarin and Pedro Pascal will star. Colagrande previously directed Padre and Pasolini.

In Tropico, Willem Dafoe plays Raymond Sanz, a veteran operative hired to spy on Mark, an American businessman (Pascal) in a steamy costal town in Northern Brazil. However, things get more complicated when Sanz falls simultaneously for Mark’s wife, the mysterious and beautiful Lucia (Baccarin), and her equally beautiful identical twin sister, Olivia (Baccarin). “Barry’s atmospheric screenplay is an exotic thriller in the best traditions of the noir genre,” said Colagrande, “and I also couldn’t be more excited to work with such an accomplished group of actors.”

Nathalia Scarton is producing Tropico through her Bidou Pictures Brazil banner, with Jeremy Dawson executive producing. Eclipse’s
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Scarlett Johansson's 10 Best Movies, According To Rotten Tomatoes

Over the past decade or so, Scarlett Johansson has taken her already-impressive star power to the next level as one of the core six Avengers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She’s worked with such acclaimed directors as Noah Baumbach, Christopher Nolan, Cameron Crowe, Wes Anderson, and the Coen brothers.

Related: 10 Scarlett Johansson Roles Everyone Has Forgotten About

As with anyone who works as regularly --and on such widely-seen blockbusters-- as Scarlett Johansson, her movies’ Rotten Tomatoes scores have been up and down over the years – but the majority of them still have a “fresh” rating. To celebrate that, here are the ten movies Rotten Tomatoes deems to be Johansson's very best to date.
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Undone Review (Spoiler-Free)

Using rotoscope animation for the first time on TV, Amazon's Undone offers much more than just trippy visuals.

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Let’s try a pitch: A streaming half-hour animated series from Raphael Bob-Waksberg and Kate Purdy that tackles the monotony of adult life, the burden of relationships, the trauma we inherit from our families, mental illness, and depression. So basically, Bojack Horseman, you might say. Not quite. A talking horse doesn’t even begin to touch the mind-bending aspects of Amazon’s new series, Undone.

Undone centers on Alma, played by Rosa Salazar (Alita: Battle Angel), a 28-year old going through the motions with her boyfriend Sam (Siddharth Dhananjay). Alma starts becoming restless about her boring, seemingly predetermined future when her sister Becca (Angelique Cabral) gets engaged. After a blowout fight with Becca, which once again circles back to the untimely death of their father Jacob (Bob Odenkirk
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Katy Perry's Dog-Filled Music Video For "Small Talk" Is Best in Show

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Katy Perry's Dog-Filled Music Video For
Katy Perry knows what the people want: dogs! And more dogs! Dogs doing tricks! Dogs wearing tiny outfits! Dogs who bear a startling resemblance to their owners! All can be found in the pup-filled music video for her latest single, "Small Talk," which sees the pop star (and expert prankster) taking on the role of an overachieving dog mom out to win a Westminster-like competition called the "Mutt Ball," which looks like it was designed by Wes Anderson.

The visuals for her breakup bop not only include Perry donning some fabulously over-the-top ensembles but also costar her real-life teacup poodle, Nugget. The itty-bitty dog even gets to have Lady and the Tramp-style romance of her own with a fellow contestant's Weimaraner. Watch the adorable, colorful video above, and then check out the cheeky Instagram post Perry shared about the video.
See full article at BuzzSugar »

How Can Fox Searchlight Succeed Under Disney? Look No Further Than New Line Cinema

How Can Fox Searchlight Succeed Under Disney? Look No Further Than New Line Cinema
At 25 years old and after nearly 200 films, four Best Picture Oscars, and serving as the creative home for auteurs like Wes Anderson, Yorgos Lanthimos, and Steve McQueen, Fox Searchlight is in an unusual position. As the fall festivals begin with the awards season in hot pursuit, new corporate parent the Walt Disney Co. will be judging its performance to determine exactly how the deeply respected specialty division will serve its new world order.

Searchlight will be absorbed in the care and feeding of three titles this fall with Noah Hawley’s “Lucy In the Sky,” Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit,” and Terrence Malick’s “A Hidden Life.” All have hopes for awards, if not box office. But on Disney’s most recent earnings call, CEO Bob Iger delivered what was interpreted as a verbal hand-slap: He noted that, going forward, Fox divisions would be going in a “new direction … applying
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How Can Fox Searchlight Succeed Under Disney? Look No Further Than New Line Cinema

How Can Fox Searchlight Succeed Under Disney? Look No Further Than New Line Cinema
At 25 years old and after nearly 200 films, four Best Picture Oscars, and serving as the creative home for auteurs like Wes Anderson, Yorgos Lanthimos, and Steve McQueen, Fox Searchlight is in an unusual position. As the fall festivals begin with the awards season in hot pursuit, new corporate parent the Walt Disney Co. will be judging its performance to determine exactly how the deeply respected specialty division will serve its new world order.

Searchlight will be absorbed in the care and feeding of three titles this fall with Noah Hawley’s “Lucy In the Sky,” Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit,” and Terrence Malick’s “A Hidden Life.” All have hopes for awards, if not box office. But on Disney’s most recent earnings call, CEO Bob Iger delivered what was interpreted as a verbal hand-slap: He noted that, going forward, Fox divisions would be going in a “new direction … applying
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Venice 2019 Review: Marriage Story Tells The Light And Dark Sides Of Divorce

Director Noah Baumbach has had a hand in some truly wonderful movies in his time, whether it be the likes of Wes Anderson's beautifully playful The Fantastic Mr Fox or the black-and-white game-changer Frances Ha, which he and Greta Gerwig gifted to the world back in 2012. And those films left one thing beyond question: Baumbach has a real knack for witty, eccentric and yet natural-sounding dialogue - something which Marriage Story definitely lives up to. Pairing the perhaps unexpected couple of Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson as the tale's leading spouses, the movie's current synopsis gives little away, describing the film as little more than 'an incisive and compassionate portrait of a marriage breaking up and a family staying together.' But Marriage Story is...

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