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Pietro Marcello in front of an Andrei Tarkovsky Stalker and Satyajit Ray Apu Trilogy posters: “For me Martin Eden is a very contemporary character. So my objective was to span over the entire 20th century …” Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Pietro Marcello’s Martin Eden star Luca Marinelli (Andrea in Paolo Sorrentino’s Oscar-winning The Great Beauty) in the title role won the Best Actor Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival where the film had its world première. Based on the 1909 novel by Jack London, with a screenplay co-written with Maurizio Braucci, Martin Eden, shot by Alessandro Abate and Francesco Di Giacomo, represents the 20th Century unlike any other film. Jessica Cressy, Vincenzo Nemolato, Marco Leonardi, Carlo Cecchi, Denise Sardisco and Carmen Pommella feature in the excellent ensemble surrounding our troubled hero.

Pietro Marcello on Luca Marinelli in Martin Eden: “We do love Martin Eden in the first part of the film because he's authentic,
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New to Streaming: ‘High Life,’ ‘In the Tall Grass,’ ‘Diego Maradona,’ ‘Toy Story 4,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options—not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves–each week we highlight the noteworthy titles that have recently hit platforms. Check out this week’s selections below and an archive of past round-ups here.

Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) (Eva Husson)

A post-9/11 world rife with domestic terrorism is one our youth should be allowed to avoid. Parents seek an escape as well, though, something that risks leaving their kids alone without supervision for longer than recommended. This concept is never more prevalent than within the affluent sector of society where expendable income and exotic jobs leave a ton of latchkey children trying to defeat boredom. Internet connectivity provides whatever their hearts desire, freedom the ample opportunity to do as they please. Social pressures must be relieved and sex is easily the quickest and cheapest way to do so.
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‘Loro’ Review: Political Debauchery, Italian Style

‘Loro’ Review: Political Debauchery, Italian Style
The title is Italian for them, as in the movers, shakers, petty crooks and parasites who hover around power like moths to a flame. (Place an apostrophe in the right place, and you get l’oro: the gold.) But Loro, director Paolo Sorrentino’s gorgeously gaudy, chalice-runneth-over satire, is really about one person: Silvio Berlusconi. The first time you see the Prime Minister is by proxy, via a lower back tattoo of his face on a young woman. When the man, played by Italian cinema’s reigning chameleon Toni Servillo,
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‘Loro’ Exclusive Clip: Paolo Sorrentino Returns With Bacchanal Portrait of Sex, Drugs, and Political Corruption

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‘Loro’ Exclusive Clip: Paolo Sorrentino Returns With Bacchanal Portrait of Sex, Drugs, and Political Corruption
Paolo Sorrentino, who won Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards for the Fellini-esque “The Great Beauty,” returns for another visual feast of beautiful people and places on display. Below, check out a clip of Sorrentino’s new film “Loro” — which is now finally in U.S. theaters after a release in Italy more than a year ago — exclusive to IndieWire.

“Loro” offers a colorful history of Silvio Berlusconi (played by the wonderfully expressive Toni Servillo), the Italian media tycoon and politician who served as Prime Minister of Italy and was driven by all manner of appetites. The populist leader began running for office in 1994, and spent nearly two decades at the epicenter of Italian politics. He famously remained involved in his business holdings despite conflicts of interest, and was brought down on charges of bribery, child prostitution, and tax fraud.

The film looks at Berlusconi through the eyes of Sergio Morra,
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‘Downton Abbey’ Opens to $30 Million, Crushing Specialized Competition

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‘Downton Abbey’ Opens to $30 Million, Crushing Specialized Competition
For core arthouses with access to “Downton Abbey,” this is a very lucky weekend. The theatrical-feature extension of the hit ITV/PBS English upper-crust soap opera opened to nearly $30 million, opening in over 3,000 theaters this weekend.

Not long ago, this is a film that would have opened limited, then gradually widened. However, for specialized films with brand-name recognition, this seems to be the trend: If you don’t need to spend time getting the word out, don’t. Push it wide and get it while the getting’s good.

Focus bet (correctly) that it held broad and immediate appeal, although that meant independent theaters had to share the largesse with chain megaplexes — and in some cases, couldn’t play it at all. There also were some sharp drops from last weekend’s top specialized films as would-be customers flocked to “Downton.”

Otherwise Sony Pictures Classics’ documentary “Where’s My Roy
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‘Where’s My Roy Cohn?’ Has Respectable Debut, ‘Loro’ Opens Quietly – Specialty Box Office

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‘Where’s My Roy Cohn?’ Has Respectable Debut, ‘Loro’ Opens Quietly – Specialty Box Office
All was fairly quiet on the specialty box office front this week, with the debut of just a handful of films. The most notable of the bunch was Matt Tyrnauer’s riveting Where’s My Roy Cohn? Other openers this weekend included a Loro, as well as Gunpowder & Sky’s horror-comedy Villains, starring It Chapter Two‘s Bill Skarsgård and Kyra Sedgwick, which had openings that were decent, but nothing earth-shattering.

Sony Pictures Classics feature documentary Where’s My Roy Cohn? opened exclusively in New York and Los Angeles on four screens, and is estimated to rake in $42,364. Deadline learned that it performed better in New York than it did in Los Angeles — which is probably because the ruthless Donald Trump mentor was more of a New York figure. Nonetheless, Spc hopes to add to its box office stack once Roy Cohn continues to expand next week.

Meanwhile, IFC Films
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‘Where’s My Roy Cohn?’ Chronicles Donald Trump’s Cold-Blooded Mentor; ‘Loro’ Takes On Silvio Berlusconi – Specialty B.O. Preview

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‘Where’s My Roy Cohn?’ Chronicles Donald Trump’s Cold-Blooded Mentor; ‘Loro’ Takes On Silvio Berlusconi – Specialty B.O. Preview
A documentary about the McCarthy-era lawyer who eventually became Donald Trump’s mentor, a story about a corrupt billionaire prime minister, a corporate retreat that might or might not end in casual cannibalism, a dramatic thriller about the gig economy and a light-hearted Indian romance about luck and cricket — the films on deck for this weekend’s Specialty box office are terrifying, funny and have a dash of heart. Here’s a preview of what’s coming.

Where’s My Roy Cohn?

Director: Matt Tyrnauer

Subject: Roy Cohn

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

When Sony Pictures Classics co-president Michael Barker first saw Matt Tyrnauer’s Where’s My Roy Cohn? he did not hesitate to acquire the rights to the documentary about the life of the lawyer who was the epicenter of McCarthyism, the executions of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg and, many say, the rise of Donald Trump. Needless to say,
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‘Loro’ Film Review: Paolo Sorrentino Spins a Gloriously Messy Yarn About Berlusconi

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‘Loro’ Film Review: Paolo Sorrentino Spins a Gloriously Messy Yarn About Berlusconi
Loro” is the definitive Paolo Sorrentino film to date. It’s brash, stylish, and silly. It oscillates back and forth between horny and human, profound and misguided. It’s a glorious mess. That it exists in the #MeToo era is a miracle. That it manages to evolve beyond a dick-swinging affair is even more miraculous.

In the vein of “The Great Beauty,” “Youth” and “The Young Pope,” the film is sprawling and idiosyncratic. This time Sorrentino centers his story on Silvio Berlusconi, the infamous medial mogul and former prime minister of Italy. But this is not your standard cradle-to-grave biopic.

The film toggles back and forth between Silvio and Sergio, a youthful businessman determined to impress Silvio. Sergio works primarily as a glorified pimp, trafficking escorts to bribe politicians for permits and favors. When he’s not knee-deep in a line of cocaine or anonymous women, he has ambition. The
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Italian TV Biz Puts on Hollywood Showcase

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Italian TV Biz Puts on Hollywood Showcase
With the advent of streaming, European television has successfully solidified its place in Hollywood, conquering international audiences with shows such as “Gomorrah,” “Medici” and “Suburra: Blood on Rome,” all Italian dramas available on Netflix, in addition to HBO’s “My Brilliant Friend” and the Italian-French-Spanish thriller “The Young Pope.”

And now, the first-ever Italian Television Festival, spearheaded by Good Girls Planet and Marco Testa Los Angeles, will showcase quality Italian content to Hollywood.

Ahead of this year’s Emmys, the event will take place Sept. 19 at Soho House and will feature screenings and trailers, an awards ceremony, plus an informative panel focused on the future of Italian television. The industry event will wrap up with a red carpet and poolside bash at the London Hotel in West Hollywood.

“The point of this festival is that Italy is producing so much content with really, really good talent, and it’s starting to be recognized internationally.
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TV series review: The New Pope - Venice 2019 – Out of Competition

Venice 2019: Paolo Sorrentino’s follow-up to The Young Pope sees John Malkovich take the top job in Rome. Three years after Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino came to the Venice Film Festival with his Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated series The Young Pope, he’s back on the Lido, in an Out of Competition slot, with the follow-up series, The New Pope. Annoyingly, Sorrentino chose to show audiences episodes 2 and 7 of the series, with quick, tiny overviews plugging in some of the gaps and revealing a terrorism theme. Hopefully, showing episodes out of official order is not a trend that will continue. Earlier this year, Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn arrived in Cannes with episodes 4 and 5 of his television show Too Old to Die Young. It seems pretentious for directors to come to film festivals to show off their wares out of chronological order. The obvious takeaway is that...
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Jude Law on Wearing a "Napkin" in 'The New Pope,' Paolo Sorrentino on Gender Equality in Nudity

Jude Law on Wearing a
The New Pope debuted at the Venice Film Festival with two turning-point episodes airing for festival-goers. A follow-up to Paolo Sorrentino’s The Young Pope, about the inner workings of the Vatican and its seductive cast of characters, the new series picks up where the first season concluded.

While series regulars Jude Law, Silvio Orlando, Javier Camara, Cecile de France and Ludivine Sagnier return in their starring roles, this season adds the likes of John Malkovich, Stefano Accorsi, Mark Ivanir, Sharon Stone and Marilyn Manson to the cast.

The New Pope picks up right where The Young Pope left off, but Sorrentino ...
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The New Pope Trailer Tells Us Nothing, but It Has Jude Law in a Speedo, So We're Good

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HBO just released the first trailer for The New Pope, and we're not sure if we've been blessed or cursed. The mysterious follow-up to the Jude Law-led series The Young Pope follows Law's Lenny Belardo - aka Pius Xiii - who is ending his time as pope for unknown reasons. Considering how very unpope-like Lenny was, it's probably something along the lines of him being ousted. Taking over for the young Lenny is John Malkovich, whose character we haven't properly met but have a feeling he wouldn't approve of Lenny's lite-brite Speedo.

The upcoming nine-episode season is still a mystery to viewers, but showrunner Paolo Sorrentino has teased that he's still exploring "the world of the modern papacy." Silvio Orlando will return as Cardinal Angelo Voiello, with Sharon Stone and Marilyn Manson joining in supporting roles. Yes, the Marilyn Manson. This season is going to be so ridiculously sacrilegious,
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“Ad Astra” And “The Goldfinch”: Films To See In September

With the social media airwaves filled with buzz about potential Academy Award contenders out of the Telluride Film Festival and Venice Film Festival, it’s clear we’ve reached the month of September. The summer is over. Today, we’ll be looking at the weeks ahead, with the potential Oscar players, alongside the general fall releases for the month. It’s a rather exciting time, as I always tell you around this time. As always, September looks to be rather promising, and especially in a few key spots, it could be downright truly exciting, if slightly top heavy. Take a look below for the month’s top picks, as always, and sit tight for more on most, if not all, of them over the next 30 days or so… Here now are September’s best cinematic bets: 10. Downton Abbey – The television program becomes a feature film. I’ll confess to never having seen the show,
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The New Pope review – enter a seductively camp John Malkovich

Jude Law haunts Paolo Sorrentino’s glorious follow-up to The Young Pope, but Malkovich’s purring pontiff-in-waiting is divine

Anyone who was captivated by Paolo Sorrentino’s The Young Pope will be relieved that his follow-up, The New Pope, is just as rich and ravishing and gloriously enigmatic. It provides another deep dive into the hidden world of the Vatican City, marvelling at its mystique with agnostic fervour. The Venice film festival screened two episodes of the forthcoming nine-part series, each preceded by an abridged summary of what went before. But even in this bowdlerised form, it looks splendid, like Michelangelo’s Pietà, which is scarred by a terrorist bomb at the top of episode seven.

The New Pope picks up where The Young Pope left off, with Pius Xiii (Jude Law) in a coma and the Holy See scurrying to come up with a replacement. The most viable candidate
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The New Pope review – enter a seductively camp John Malkovich

Jude Law haunts Paolo Sorrentino’s glorious follow-up to The Young Pope, but Malkovich’s purring pontiff-in-waiting is divine

Anyone who was captivated by Paolo Sorrentino’s The Young Pope will be relieved that his follow-up, The New Pope, is just as rich and ravishing and gloriously enigmatic. It provides another deep dive into the hidden world of the Vatican City, marvelling at its mystique with agnostic fervour. The Venice film festival screened two episodes of the forthcoming nine-part series, each preceded by an abridged summary of what went before. But even in this bowdlerised form, it looks splendid, like Michelangelo’s Pietà, which is scarred by a terrorist bomb at the top of episode seven.

The New Pope picks up where The Young Pope left off, with Pius Xiii (Jude Law) in a coma and the Holy See scurrying to come up with a replacement. The most viable candidate
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‘The New Pope’: The Second Coming Of The Acclaimed Paolo Sorrentino Series Is Dazzling [Venice Review]

If you’ve seen his Oscar-winning “The Great Beauty” or last year’s “Loro,” you’ll already be aware of Paolo Sorrentino’s directorial Mo: he’s a stylistic auteur who readily embraces the ornate, the flamboyant, and the glamorous. Unlike others of his ilk, though – your Nicholas Winding Refns, your Gaspar Noés, your Tom Fords – it’ll be a rare day when Sorrentino’s aesthetic sensibility comes at the expense of his storytelling aptitude.

Continue reading ‘The New Pope’: The Second Coming Of The Acclaimed Paolo Sorrentino Series Is Dazzling [Venice Review] at The Playlist.
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Jude Law Donned “Smallest Costume I Was Ever Given” For Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘The New Pope’: A Napkin – Venice

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At the Venice press conference today for The New Pope, HBO’s follow-up to Paolo Sorrentino’s The Young Pope Jude Law confessed that he’d been given, for one scene, the smallest costume he’d ever worn: a single napkin.

In Episodes 2 and 7, which were screened on the Lido, Law appears in a swimming costume that leaves little to the imagination. “You’d be surprised to know those swimming trunks weren’t the smallest costume,” the actor laughed. “I asked the costumier, one day, what I would be wearing, and he lifted up a tiny piece of material. I have a photo of it because it was truly the smallest costume I have ever been given.”

Of the nudity in the series, Sorrentino joked, “You’ve only seen two episodes,
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First Official Trailer For Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘The New Pope’

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Ahead of screening at this year’s Venice Film Festival, the first official trailer for The New Pope has been released online. The series is a co-production between Sky, HBO and Canal+. Jude Law and John Malkovich (pictured) lead the cast of the series, the follow-up season to The Young Pope.

The New Pope, written by Paolo Sorrentino with Umberto Contarello and Stefano Bises, marks Sorrentino’s second limited series set in the world of the modern papacy.

All nine episodes are directed by Paolo Sorrentino. The cast features Jude Law and John Malkovich. Returning cast from The Young Pope include Silvio Orlando, Javier Cámara, Cécile de France, Ludivine Sagnier and Maurizio Lombardi. New cast for the limited series are Henry Goodman, Ulrich Thomsen, Mark Ivanir, Yuliya Snigir, Massimo Ghini, Sharon Stone and Marilyn Manson.

Watch the new trailer below.

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First trailer for The New Pope starring Jude Law and John Malkovich

Ahead of its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival this weekend, HBO and Sky Atlantic have debuted the first trailer for The New Pope, the follow-up to Paolo Sorrentino’s acclaimed drama series The Young Pope, which sees Jude Law reprising his role as Pope Pius Xiii; watch it here…

The New Pope sees Jude Law, Silvio Orlando, Javier Cámara, Cécile de France, Ludivine Sagnier and Maurizio Lombardi returning to their roles alongside newcomers John Malkovich, Henry Goodman, Ulrich Thomsen, Mark Ivanir, Yuliya Snigir and Massimo Ghini. Sharon Stone and Marilyn Manson.

The post First trailer for The New Pope starring Jude Law and John Malkovich appeared first on Flickering Myth.
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The New Pope Trailer Tells Us Nothing, but It Has Jude Law in a Speedo, So We're Good

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HBO just released the first trailer for The New Pope, and we're not sure if we've been blessed or cursed. The mysterious follow-up to the Jude Law-led series The Young Pope follows Law's Lenny Belardo - aka Pius Xiii - who is ending his time as pope for unknown reasons. Considering how very unpope-like Lenny was, it's probably something along the lines of him being ousted. Taking over for the young Lenny is John Malkovich, whose character we haven't properly met but have a feeling he wouldn't approve of Lenny's lite-brite Speedo.

The upcoming nine-episode season is still a mystery to viewers, but showrunner Paolo Sorrentino has teased that he's still exploring "the world of the modern papacy." Silvio Orlando will return as Cardinal Angelo Voiello, with Sharon Stone and Marilyn Manson joining in supporting roles. Yes, the Marilyn Manson. This season is going to be so ridiculously sacrilegious,
See full article at BuzzSugar »
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