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‘Dune’: 7 Things to Know About the 2020 Film & TV Series

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‘Dune’: 7 Things to Know About the 2020 Film & TV Series
One of the most highly-anticipated movies of 2020 is Academy Award-nominated director Denis Villeneuve’s big-screen adaptation of the beloved — and seemingly very difficult to get right, if David Lynch and Alejandro Jodorowsky’s notorious attempts are any indication — science-fiction novel “Dune.” Especially with the added companion TV series coming to HBO Max.

Naturally, Warner Bros. has kept news about both the movie and companion series relatively secretive, but IndieWire has compiled a list of the seven must-know details about them. From its previous adaptations to its A-list cast, below is everything you need to know about all things “Dune” 2020.

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Tales of an Outsider: The Films of Giulio Questi

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Giulio Questi's Django Kill... If You Live, Shoot! (1967) and Death Laid an Egg (1968) are playing October and November 2019 on Mubi in the United States.Django Kill... If You Live, Shoot!In December 2014, Giulio Questi died, and the cinema lost an unflappable renegade of the arts. His name does not get dropped as often as that of his contemporaries, but those that know his films speak of them with open-eyed reverence, as much in awe of their existence as of their quality. Marked with a crazy energy, a surreal visual style, and an eccentricity in narrative that can leave a viewer baffled, his work has that experiential cult quality akin to that of Alejandro Jodorowsky: you have to see it to believe it. His career was marked with notable lapses and absences. “My movies have always been appreciated and admired by cinema insiders but they did not get a lot of money,
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First UK Trailer for 'The Shock of the Future' Starring Alma Jodorowsky

"What I'm going to do with this instrument is something you've never heard!" 606 Distribution has just released the first official UK trailer for a French indie film titled The Shock of the Future, the feature directorial debut of musician Marc Collin. Collin is best known as the founder, with Olivier Libaux, of the project Nouvelle Vague, and has composed music for a few other films, too. Set in Paris in the late 70s, the film is about a woman named Ana who develops the "sound of the future" - some of the very first electronic music. Featuring the songs of Cerrone, Throbbing Gristle, Suicide, "Collin crafts a heartfelt tribute to the forgotten female electronic musical pioneers such a Delia Derbyshire, Laurie Spiegel and Suzanne Ciani told through the eyes of Ana, played with a ferocious charm by newcomer Alma Jodorowsky." Alma is the granddaughter of Alejandro Jodorowsky, and she
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Locarno 2019. The First Reel Thrills

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A Voluntary YearAn easy bet to win is to wager that the first reel is any given movie is more interesting than its remaining minutes. This is because the field is open: the story frequently has yet to settle, the plot to develop, or the formal and aesthetic approach to be determined. The possibilities, for the audience, are seemingly endless: Where will this film go, what will it do, what shall I see and how shall I see it? As more minutes pass, the probabilities shrink, more things become less likely to happen; we begin to detect patterns, conventions, likelihoods. One sees boundaries around the imagination, and what can and can’t happen becomes palpable. Suddenly, without really being able to pinpoint when the transition occurs, something full of promise becomes a picture like any other—and possibly worse. Rarer are the films that through a kind of narrative permeability
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Warner Bros. Dates Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Biopic, Pushes Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’

Warner Bros. has unveiled a slew of new dates for its upcoming projects, according to Deadline. Director Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune,” starring Academy Award nominee Timothée Chalamet, has been shifted from November 20, 2020, to December 18, 2020, to make room for another yet-to-be-announced release. Warners has also given Baz Luhrmann’s buzzy Elvis Presley biopic a release date of October 21, 2021.

The untitled Elvis film stars Austin Butler as the King of Rock and Roll. Butler most recently appeared in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” as a bloodthirsty member of the Charles Mason tribe. The film will allegedly cover two decades of Elvis’ life, with Tom Hanks co-starring as his manager Colonel Tom Parker. It’s set to begin production early next year in Queensland, Australia.

Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune” is the third attempt by an ambitious auteur to mount an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s landmark 1965 science-fiction novel.
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Film Review: Ghost of the Golden Groves (2018) by Aniket Dutta and Roshni Sen

Recently we had “Tumbbad“, a formally conventional, yet mesmerizing, demons-infested tale of greed, reviewed here by yours truly. Another brilliant, yet differently dressed, debut comes also from India – “Ghost of the Golden Groves”, penned and helmed by a Bengali duo Aniket Dutta and Roshni Sen, hidden under the pseudonym Harun al-Rashid (after an Arabian Nights character who is always masked). These two titles are not even remotely same kind of cinematic works, but now it is possible to argue that horror scene in India is gaining momentum quickly.

“Ghost of the Golden Groves” comes from Bengal and relies a bit on its tradition regarding the art house cinema dating from the 60’s and Indian New Wave, but it is not the only clue needed for the interpretation of this diptych of strange ghost stories set deep in the backwoods and in the time when civilization started to visit those virgin lands.
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John Waters, John Turturro, and More Remember Indie Film Giant Ben Barenholtz: ‘The End of an Era’

John Waters, John Turturro, and More Remember Indie Film Giant Ben Barenholtz: ‘The End of an Era’
When Ben Barenholtz, 83, died Wednesday at his new home in Prague, we lost one of the giants of American independent cinema. This vital and genial man has left a legacy behind few can equal. Many in the film community remember him as an entrepreneur, champion of new talent, mentor, cinephile and filmmaker. (Check out his many Facebook tributes here.) Others shared their thoughts in emails to IndieWire throughout the day.

“Ben’s passing is the end of an era,” said John Turturro. “I knew Ben first as a theater owner of the Elgin, which I used to frequent as a young man. Then I worked with him as a producer of ‘Miller’s Crossing’ and ‘Barton Fink.’ He introduced me to so many talented people. His great eye, his sense of humor and mischievous rebellious outlook masked a complicated and difficult early life. He was one of a kind and
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Ben Barenholtz, Producer Who Launched Coen Brothers’ Career, Dies at 83

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Ben Barenholtz, Producer Who Launched Coen Brothers’ Career, Dies at 83
Ben Barenholtz, the producer-distributor who helped launch the careers of David Lynch and the Coen Brothers, died on Wednesday in Prague at the age of 83.

Barenholtz is credited with pioneering the concept of the “midnight movie” by screening subversive, future cult classics like John Waters’ “Pink Flamingos” and Alejandro Jodorowsky’s “El Topo,” the latter of which Barenholtz decided to screen at the (now defunct) Elgin Theater in New York City after attending the private screening of it at the Museum of Modern Art. That screening is seen as essential by film historians to helping the film find a wider audience and gain a legacy as one of Jodorowsky’s most famous works.

During World War II, Barenholtz escaped the Nazi concentration camps at the age of eight by living in the woods of Poland with 11 other escapees, losing his father during the war. Barenholtz kept his past a secret
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Nicolas Winding Refn on His Alejandro Jodorowsky-Endorsed Move to Streaming: ‘This Is the Future’

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Nicolas Winding Refn on His Alejandro Jodorowsky-Endorsed Move to Streaming: ‘This Is the Future’
Nicolas Winding Refn always has a lot to say, and he always says it well: at his press conference at the Cannes Film Festival with star Miles Teller for his new Amazon series “Too Old to Die Young” he made himself very clear about what’s ahead for the film industry.

“This is a 13-hour movie, and it’s streaming,” Refn said. “This is the future, which is streaming.”

His last theatrical release, 2016’s “The Neon Demon” was distributed by Amazon Studios. “Amazon said, ‘What do you want to do next?’ And I was like, ‘I want to do a TV series.’ The word around Hollywood was, ‘You gotta get into TV. You gotta get into TV.’ But I don’t really watch that much TV.”

Refn’s inspiration for “Too Old to Die Young,” and its riddle-like title, came to him while he was sitting in a car in Los Angeles.
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Bacurau review – ultraviolent freakout in Brazil's outback

This disquieting horror-style western about a town under siege from a mysterious threat is executed with ruthless clarity

Brazilian auteur Kleber Mendonça Filho, here co-directing with his producer and production designer Juliano Dornelles, has relinquished the quieter, more humanistic tones of his earlier pictures for this disturbing ultraviolent freakout. Set deep in the north-eastern Sertão – the Brazilian outback – it mashes up many themes and influences, but is chiefly a scream of satirical defiance against new president Jair Bolsonaro, the far-right globaliser who made his international statesman debut at Davos this year, famously promising to make the country more open to foreign trade. This movie’s closing credits pointedly note that the production created 800 jobs.

Bacurau is a hallucinatory trauma with something of Alejandro Jodorowsky, or Ted Kotcheff’s Wake in Fright. It is also a paranoid revenge western that reminded me of Clint Eastwood in A Fistful of Dollars, brusquely
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‘Ignited’: Exclusive Preview Of New Superhero Mythos From Humanoids

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‘Ignited’: Exclusive Preview Of New Superhero Mythos From Humanoids
Among the more intriguing announcements last October at New York Comic Con was the unveiling of the H1 Universe, the first foray into superhero comics by Humanoids, the venerable publishing brand associated with Métal Hurlant (which reached American readers as Heavy Metal and inspired the namesake 1981 animated movie).

Humanoids has filled shelves with essential works by Moebius, Alejandro Jodorowsky, and other European masters, so publishing heritage alone made the initiative interesting. It was the announced creative team, however, that added the real intrigue: Mark Waid (Kingdom Come), John Cassaday (Planetary), Cara Speed McNeil (Finder), Kwanza Osajyefo (Black Af), and Yanick Paquette (Wonder Woman Earth One) were presented as the auspicious architects of a new shared-universe mythology that would begin with a monthly series called Ignited.

Today, we have the exclusive first look at the inaugural issue of that brand-launching series, Ignited issue No. 1. Written by Waid and Osajefyo with art
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Aldous Harding Sings on the Cliffs of Dover in New ‘Fixture Picture’ Video

New Zealand singer-songwriter Aldous Harding delivers a mesmerizing performance against the unreal backdrop of the Cliffs of Dover in England in the new video for “Fixture Picture.”

Co-directed by Harding and Jack Whiteley, the clip opens with a long, slow zoom on the musician as she sits in a field, dressed in red, hunched over a guitar. The sprawling shot sets the tone for the rest of the video, which recalls the enigmatic work of Alejandro Jodorowsky as Harding and her band move through the rest of the airy folk
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John Waters to Receive Locarno Film Festival’s Top Honor

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John Waters to Receive Locarno Film Festival’s Top Honor
John Waters is set to receive the Pardo d’onore Manor lifetime achievement award at this year’s Locarno Film Festival, the first under new artistic director Lili Hinstin. The cult U.S. filmmaker will receive the festival’s highest distinction in Locarno’s Piazza Grande on Aug. 16.

Hinstin said Waters’ “playful” work, which was “full of boldness and joy,” offered “a symbol of freedom far removed from the political correctness ruling today.”

“For my first edition, offering John Waters the highest distinction of the festival is a perfect manifesto,” said Hinstin. “His political and aesthetic commitment is vital in these times, and I am extremely happy and honored to share his incredible work with the audience of Locarno.”

Waters’ appearance in the Piazza Grande will be followed by a ‘Crazy Midnight’ screening – the festival’s new strand introduced to the program this year – of his 2000 film “Cecil B. DeMented.
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First Dune Behind-the-Scenes Photo Has Josh Brolin in a Fighting Mood

First Dune Behind-the-Scenes Photo Has Josh Brolin in a Fighting Mood
Josh Brolin, one of the stars of the eagerly anticipated Avengers: Endgame, is building excitement for another upcoming big sci-fi epic he appears in. The Dune remake, a new retelling of the famous Frank Herbert novel, is being directed by Denis Villeneueve. In sharing his excitement with us about his part in the movie, Josh Brolin posted a picture of himself on set to his personal Instagram account. He captioned the recent post with a quote from the novel. In the picture the actor is shirtless, featuring his forearms in the foreground, looking a bit battered.

"What has mood to do with it? You fight when the necessity arises - no matter the mood! Mood's a thing for cattle or making love or playing the baliset. It's not for fighting." - Frank Herbert, Dune

The quote is from the character Gurney Halleck, a loyal member of the House Atreides. The
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SXSW Review: ‘Porno’ Concocts a Great Concept with Little Restraint

Filmmakers and cinephiles undoubtedly remain haunted by certain urban legends in film. When my mother told me about Snuff, an alleged South American snuff film that screened in the 70s in New York, it haunted me to my core for years. A few weeks ago I caught it at Quad Cinema’s “Rated X” series and found it to be a hilariously unwatchable mess, but that’s a story for another review.

Porno has a terrific concept and effective execution for much of its first half: a group of religious high school students working at their majestic local downtown twin movie theater stumble across a secret basement screening room where they find a satanic porno that might very well be a lost Alejandro Jodorowsky film or an upcoming sequel to The Love Witch.

Set in 1992 when the only options at this mini-multiple are Encino Man and A League of Their Own,
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The Best of Movie Poster of the Day: Part 20

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In the past four months or so since I last did this, the following on my @movieposterofthday (leave off the last e for elegance) Instagram has more than tripled, which makes this best-of round-up more competitive. Sadly, as is often the case, a lot of my posts were occasioned by the passing of an actor or director, or, in the case of the most popular poster yet, by a composer. The lovely two-color American half sheet for The Umbrellas of Cherbourg was posted in honor of Michel Legrand, who passed away in January at 86 just the day after Serbian director Dušan Makavejev, who was also 86 and whose ribald German poster for Sweet Movie also made the top 20. Other passings recognized were Stanley Donen (with a Japanese Funny Face), Nicolas Roeg (a Us Performance), and Bruno Ganz (a French Wings of Desire). It’s impossible to tell if people are liking
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New Zealand Cult Horror Death Warmed Up Remastered with Special Features from Severin

Horror fans have known for a while that New Zealand is a treasure trove of undiscovered horror. Now, an obscure cult classic will be getting a stunning return to the limelight, courtesy of Severin Films. The reissue specialists are delivering a remastered version of David Blyth’s Death Warmed Up (1984), a film Alejandro Jodorowsky described […] The post New Zealand Cult Horror Death Warmed Up Remastered with Special Features from Severin appeared first on Dread Central.
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Official Plot Synopsis for Dune Promises “Mythic and Emotional” Journey

Many fans of Frank Herbert’s Dune have deemed the novel “unadaptable” for film, claiming the saga is too heady, metaphysical, nuanced, and complex to be encapsulated in a single film (no matter how long it is). Indeed, Alejandro Jodorowsky spent years conceptualizing a Dune movie, even enlisting H.R. Giger for concept art, that never came […] The post Official Plot Synopsis for Dune Promises “Mythic and Emotional” Journey appeared first on Dread Central.
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Dune Remake Begins Shooting, Official Synopsis Released

Dune Remake Begins Shooting, Official Synopsis Released
Cameras have started rolling on Denis Villeneuve's Dune remake. In addition, a synopsis has been released for the upcoming movie. Production is taking place in Budapest, Hungary, and in Jordan. Villeneuve has the goal of making the ultimate adaptation of Frank Herbert's classic source material, which has proven to be difficult for other directors in the past. David Lynch famously brought his version of the story to the big screen in 1984 where it bombed and received negative reviews.

Denis Villeneuve has his work cut out for him with the Dune remake and all eyes are on him and the giant cast that he has assembled to help tell the story. As for what we can expect from the first installment. Villeneuve plans on making at least two movies and predicts it will take two years of work to pull off. You can read the official synopsis below.

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Denis Villenueve’s ‘Dune,’ Starring Timothée Chalamet, Has Officially Begun Filming As Full Cast Is Now Confirmed

Denis Villenueve’s ‘Dune,’ Starring Timothée Chalamet, Has Officially Begun Filming As Full Cast Is Now Confirmed
After all the talk and casting rumors, it’s official – production on “Dune” has officially begun!

Normally, hearing that another film was being made based on the Frank Herbert classic sci-fi novel would be cause for alarm. David Lynch gave the challenge a valiant effort, which is very Lynch-ian take on “Dune” back in 1984. Before that, filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky tried his damndest and got close to adapting the novel, and instead became the basis for a great documentary titled “Jodorowsky’s Dune.” However, this time, it just feels like all the stars are aligning and the best chance “Dune” fans will ever have at a faithful, and incredible, film based on the novel series is coming thanks to filmmaker Denis Villeneuve and his truly incredible cast.

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