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Method Man Joins ‘Waldo’ and Action-Thriller ‘Concrete Cowboys’

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Method Man Joins ‘Waldo’ and Action-Thriller ‘Concrete Cowboys’
Exclusive: Cliff “Method Man” Smith has added two high-profile features to his resume. The rapper-turned-actor recently wrapped Tim Kirkby’s forthcoming action-thriller Waldo and is set for the Ricky Staub-directed Concrete Cowboys starring Idris Elba and Caleb McLaughlin.

In Waldo, Smith will appear opposite Mel Gibson and Charlie Hunnam. The feature based on Howard Michael Gould’s novel Last Looks follows a disgraced Lapd detective (Hunnam), who’s spent the past three years living off the grid. He’s reluctantly pulled back into his old life by a former lover in order to solve the murder of an eccentric celebrity’s wife. Smith will play a rapper who is being investigated by Waldo (Hunnam). The film was adapted by Gould and also stars Morena Baccarin, Dominic Monaghan, Eiza Gonzalez, Clancy Brown, Lucy Fry and Jacob Scipio.

Deadline exclusively reported the announcement of Concrete Cowboys which is inspired by the real-life Fletcher Street Stables,
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Hulu to Exclusively Stream New Bleecker Street Movies Like ‘The Art of Self-Defense’ and More

Hulu to Exclusively Stream New Bleecker Street Movies Like ‘The Art of Self-Defense’ and More
Though a lot of indie glory goes to studios like A24 and Annapurna Pictures, the indie distributor Bleecker Street has their fair share of gems: Beasts of No Nation, Captain Fantastic, Paterson, Logan Lucky and more. Now their movies will be much more accessible to audiences thanks to an multi-year exclusive streaming deal they’ve just finalized […]

The post Hulu to Exclusively Stream New Bleecker Street Movies Like ‘The Art of Self-Defense’ and More appeared first on /Film.
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Posterized: Jim Jarmusch

by Nathaniel R

The Ohio-born indie auteur Jim Jarmusch first made waves in the cinematic landscape with his black and white sophomore feature Stranger Than Paradise in the mid 80s . It was a big critical success and arthouse sleeper hit. He was suddenly the "cool" new director. His career since then has been, like most critical darling careers, full of small waves of audience popularity versus indifference, sometimes not in relation to the critical fates of whichever film arrived. For example, Paterson (2016), his most recent picture prior to the brand new zombie comedy The Dead Don't Die (opening today) was a huge critical succcess in its year, but grossed just $2 million at the Us box office.

Through it all critics have mostly been loyal and actors with more eclectic taste have become his regulars: Tilda Swinton, Tom Waits, and Bill Murray have all made 4 pictures with him.

How many of his pictures have you seen?
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Cannes 2019: Jarmusch's Deadpan Zombie Film 'The Dead Don't Die'

Jarmusch seems pretty upset about the way things are in our society these days. So he made a zombie film. The Dead Don't Die, a zombie comedy written & directed by American indie filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, just premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival as the opening night gala film. This actually isn't so much of a zombie film, as it is social commentary covered with blood and zombie make-up, along with a couple of weary small-town cops who try their best to survive this hell. The film is an extremely obvious criticism of how miserable things are becoming, between climate change and materialism and idiots running America, and how it's all going to end badly no matter what we do. Alas, its wears out its welcome rather quickly and doesn't offer much heart humor to make-up for it, only zombie ...
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Potential Oscar Contenders of Cannes 2019 Include ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ and Isabelle Huppert

Potential Oscar Contenders of Cannes 2019 Include ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ and Isabelle Huppert
As usual, the Cannes Film Festival’s official selection is a mix of brainy competition auteurs, star power, and the lucky handful of players who might — if everything plays out as hoped — return to North America as Oscar contenders. You know that while “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is conspicuously missing in action from Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux’s official selection announcement, he wants nothing more (especially with a lineup short on red-carpet players) than to have Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie and the festival’s favorite filmmaker, Quentin Tarantino, walk upstairs to the Grand Palais.

But for studio executives, whose priority is covering their bottom-line bets, the risks of going to Cannes often outweigh the gains. Last year, A24 indulged Cannes discovery David Robert Mitchell’s desire to be included in the prestigious Cannes Competition and wound up with “Under the Silver Lake” not only
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Potential Oscar Contenders of Cannes 2019 Include ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ and Isabelle Huppert

Potential Oscar Contenders of Cannes 2019 Include ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ and Isabelle Huppert
As usual, the Cannes Film Festival’s official selection is a mix of brainy competition auteurs, star power, and the lucky handful of players who might — if everything plays out as hoped — return to North America as Oscar contenders. You know that while “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is conspicuously missing in action from Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux’s official selection announcement, he wants nothing more (especially with a lineup short on red-carpet players) than to have Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie and the festival’s favorite filmmaker, Quentin Tarantino, walk upstairs to the Grand Palais.

But for studio executives, whose priority is covering their bottom-line bets, the risks of going to Cannes often outweigh the gains. Last year, A24 indulged Cannes discovery David Robert Mitchell’s desire to be included in the prestigious Cannes Competition and wound up with “Under the Silver Lake” not only
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Jim Jarmusch’s ‘The Dead Don’t Die’ Set as Cannes Opening Night Film

Jim Jarmusch’s ‘The Dead Don’t Die’ Set as Cannes Opening Night Film
The 72nd Edition of the Cannes International Film Festival has set its opening night film as Jim Jarmusch’s “The Dead Don’t Die.”

Jarmusch’s zombie comedy stars Adam Driver, Bill Murray and Tilda Swinton. It will make its world premiere at the festival on Tuesday, May 14 on the screen of the Grand Théâtre Lumière.

“The Dead Don’t Die” will also play in competition for the Palme d’Or.

Also Read: 'Capernaum' Director Nadine Labaki Named 2019 Cannes Un Certain Regard Jury President

Read the film’s official description below:

In the sleepy small town of Centerville, something is not quite right. The moon hangs large and low in the sky, the hours of daylight are becoming unpredictable and animals are beginning to exhibit unusual behaviors. No one quite knows why. News reports are scary and scientists are concerned. But no one foresees the strangest and most
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Cannes Opener: Jim Jarmusch’s Zombie Movie ‘The Dead Don’t Die’, Starring Bill Murray, To Kick Off Festival

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Cannes Opener: Jim Jarmusch’s Zombie Movie ‘The Dead Don’t Die’, Starring Bill Murray, To Kick Off Festival
The Cannes Film Festival is set to open with some blood and gore this year. Jim Jarmusch’s zombie movie The Dead Don’t Die, starring Bill Murray, Chloe Sevigny, Adam Driver and Tilda Swinton, will kick proceedings off on May 14, we have confirmed.

The comedy-horror backed by Focus unfolds in the peaceful town of Centerville which finds itself battling a zombie horde as the dead start rising from their graves.

Jarmusch also wrote the script for the dark comedy, which will also play in competition at the festival. Pic will open in theaters in France on the same day as its Cannes screening, with Focus releasing it stateside one month later on June 14.

Cast also includes Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi, Rosie Perez, Danny Glover, Iggy Pop, Tom Waits, and Caleb Landry Jones. Focus dropped a trailer for the movie a couple of weeks back. Looks like a fun fest opener.
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Bron Launches Bron Ventures, Sets First Deal With Animal Kingdom

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Bron Launches Bron Ventures, Sets First Deal With Animal Kingdom
Aaron L. Gilbert’s Bron has launched Bron Ventures, a division that will make strategic equity investments in content-driven production companies and leaders in the film, TV, digital and animation spaces.

The new unit will be led by Jennifer Arceneaux — a former exec at Acorns, the Sundance Institute and The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles — who joins the company as Svp Venture Partnerships. She will report to Chief Strategy Officer Ashley Levinson, who joined the company earlier this year.

Bron Ventures already has its first deal in place, recently completing an investment and a strategic partnership with Brooklyn-based Animal Kingdom. The production company headed by Joshua Astrachan and David Kaplan is behind films including Short Term 12, It Follows, Paterson, Tramps, Beach Rats and It Comes at Night.

Bron Ventures will function as a creative and strategic advisor to its joint-venture partners and offers back-office support in all aspects of production,
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Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Steve Buscemi and More To Star in a Zombie Movie Called The Dead Don't Die

There's a new zombie comedy in production at Focus Features called The Dead Don't Die and it sure does have a hell of a cast! The movie stars Bill Murray, Selena Gomez, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Steve Buscemi, and Chloe Sevigny.

The movie is being directed by Jim Jarmusch who previously helmed Coffee and Cigarettes, Broken Flowers, Paterson, and Only Lovers Left Alive. When previously talking about the project Murray said, "Brace yourself: It’s a zombie movie. Jim Jarmusch has written a zombie script that’s so hilarious and it has a cast of great actors." He goes on to say that he will not be playing a zombie.

One of the things we do know about Murray's character is that he will play a "police officer alongside colleagues portrayed by Driver and Sevigny." There really no other details about the movie, but a Zombie comedy with a cast
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Bill Murray, Adam Driver to Star in Jim Jarmusch’s ‘Dead Don’t Die’ for Focus Features

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Bill Murray, Adam Driver to Star in Jim Jarmusch’s ‘Dead Don’t Die’ for Focus Features
Bill Murray and Adam Driver are headlining Jim Jarmusch’s new zombie comedy “The Dead Don’t Die,” which is currently in production with Focus Features, the company announced Friday.

This is Jarmusch’s third film with Focus, having previously made “Broken Flowers” (2005) and “The Limits of Control” (2009) with the studio. Joshua Astrachan and Carter Logan will produce.

Murray, who plays a police officer named Robertson, previously told Philly.com, “I’ve got a good job coming up. Brace yourself: It’s a zombie movie. Jim Jarmusch has written a zombie script that’s so hilarious and it has a cast of great actors: Rosie Perez, Daniel Craig. It’s titled ‘The Dead Don’t Die,’ and it shoots over the summer. But, no, I will not play a zombie.”

Also Read: 'Paterson' Review: Jim Jarmusch, Adam Driver Deliver Ode to Small Pleasures

Chloë Sevigny, Academy-Award winner Tilda Swinton,
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Jim Jarmusch Starts Filming Zombie Film With Adam Driver, Bill Murray, Selena Gomez, and More

Update (2:50 p.m. Et): Focus Features has confirmed Jarmusch’s new film is titled “The Dead Don’t Die.” Focus and Universal Pictures International will distribute the film worldwide. Additional cast members include Tilda Swinton, Rosie Perez, and Steve Buscemi.

Earlier: Jim Jarmusch is embracing his “Only Lovers Left Alive” genre side for his next feature. Following the introspective character drama of “Paterson,” Jarmusch is taking on the zombie genre for a new film reportedly titled “The Dead Don’t Die” (via The Film Stage). The project is currently filming in upstate New York with a start-studded cast, including Adam Driver, Selena Gomez, Bill Murray, Chloë Sevigny, and Austin Butler.

While Jarmsuch has not officially announced the project, Murray teased the movie earlier this year to Philly.com. “I’ve got a good job coming up. Brace yourself: It’s a zombie movie,” Murray said. “Jim Jarmusch has
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Adam Driver on White Privilege, ‘Star Wars,’ and Why ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Reflects His Desire to Chase His Favorite Directors

Adam Driver on White Privilege, ‘Star Wars,’ and Why ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Reflects His Desire to Chase His Favorite Directors
Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” depicts the experiences of Colorado police officer Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), who impersonates a white man on the phone to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan, but it’s not only focused on him. In order to go undercover at Klan meetings, Stallworth sends fellow officer Philip Zimmerman (Adam Driver) in his place, forcing the white character to confront his own struggles with a Jewish identity he’s repressed for years when experiencing the group’s antisemitism up close.

At the Cannes Film Festival, Driver was still thinking through Zimmerman’s dilemma. “It’s not something where he punches his card each day and doesn’t take it personally,” he said on a terrance overlooking the French Riviera. “He’s affected by what he’s doing as much as he tries to say that he’s not. He’s confronted for the first time in his
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Watch The New Trailer For Terry Gilliam’s ‘The Man Who Killed Done Quixote’

A brand new trailer has arrived for The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, the upcoming film which is directed by Terry Gilliam. The film is currently scheduled for a release in France on May 19th.

“Don Quixote is a dreamer, an idealist and a romantic, determined not to accept the limitations of reality, marching on regardless of setbacks, as we have done,” said Gilliam previously to The Hollywood Reporter. “We’ve been at it so long that the idea of actually finishing shooting this ‘clandestine’ film, is pretty surreal. Any sensible person would have given up years ago but sometimes pig-headed dreamers win in the end, so thank you to all of the ill paid fantasists and believers who have joined to make this longstanding dream a reality!’’

The cast of the film includes: Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce as Don Quixote, Stellan Skarsgård, Olga Kurylenko, Joana Ribeiro, Óscar Jaenada, Jordi Mollà,
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‘Night Eats the World’ Review: Here’s the Most Innovative Zombie Movie Since ‘Shaun of the Dead’ — Tribeca

‘Night Eats the World’ Review: Here’s the Most Innovative Zombie Movie Since ‘Shaun of the Dead’ — Tribeca
Over the decades, zombie movies have evolved into the pop songs of the horror genre, following the same familiar beats with varying results. Typically, they involve some kind of sudden outbreak, followed by an act or two in which survivors figure out that carnivorous undead lurk around every ominous corner. There’s usually some combination of decomposing flesh, frantic musings on morality, and dime-store social commentary. “Night Eats the World” checks all those boxes, but this first feature from French director Dominique Rocher fuses them into an extraordinary meditation on loneliness and despair. For the recluse at the movie’s center, zombies provide just another excuse to shun the outside world.

As “Night Eats the World” begins, moody instrumentalist Sam (the great Norwegian actor Anders Danielsen Lie) attains a lively party where he feels out of place. Heading to an empty room to brood, he promptly falls asleep; when he wakes up,
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Blockchain Firm White Rabbit Signs Movie Deal with K5 Intl. (Exclusive)

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K5 Intl., part of film financing and production company K5 Media Group, which has produced movies starring Robert Duvall, Jeremy Irons, Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Paul Walker and Ethan Hawke, has inked a strategic partnership with and will receive financial backing from White Rabbit, a company that employs P2P streaming and blockchain technology to distribute films and TV shows.

K5 will provide access to its library of 50-plus films to White Rabbit, and K5 co-founder Daniel Baur will join the White Rabbit advisory board. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

“I have been actively searching the blockchain space for over a year, looking for companies that can have a massive impact on the film industry,” Baur said in a statement. “With White Rabbit, I saw a product that properly integrates blockchain and embraces the existing entertainment industry and fans in a unique way. We believe White Rabbit
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Filmmakers and Producers Call Netflix’s Cannes Split ‘A Complete Shame’ — Exclusive

Cannes and Netflix could be a perfect match: the highest-profile film festival in the world and the film industry’s biggest disruptor, joining forces to sustain the future of the art form. For now, however, the two institutions are in a standoff that has no end in sight, leaving filmmakers and producers in a state of frustration.

After facing pressure from French exhibitors, Cannes added a rule in 2017 that required official competition entries to plan a French theatrical release. That’s a nonstarter for Netflix, since France mandates a three-year window before theatrical releases can be seen on streaming platforms. When Netflix and Cannes couldn’t come to terms, Netflix pulled all of its films.

The five titles included Alfonso Cuaron’s long-awaited return to Mexico with the 70mm “Roma” (which Cannes offered to play in competition if Netflix released the film in France) and the restoration of Orson Welles’ final feature,
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Competition: Win ‘A Ghost Story’ on Blu-ray

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To celebrate the release of A Ghost Story – available on DVD and Blu-ray 15th January 2018 – we are giving away a copy on Blu-ray.

Academy Award winner Casey Affleck and Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara star in this critically praised meditation on love and grief from acclaimed director David Lowery.

Casey Affleck follows up his Best Actor Oscar win last year with an extraordinary performance that will surely haunt next season’s awards ceremonies. Affleck stars alongside Rooney Mara, twice Oscar nominated for her roles in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Carol. There is a wonderful poignancy between the pair, who, torn apart by grief, must come to terms with the implications of their mortality.

Unforgettable and ambitious, like modern art house classics Personal Shopper and Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson, A Ghost Story is a film that delves deep into the human psyche to explore what it means to exist,
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Adam Driver: ‘Compared with the military, acting isn't that difficult’

The Star Wars actor on leaving the Marines, filming nude scenes with Lena Dunham and getting in touch with his dark side

Adam Driver has a reputation for being a serious young man, which is partly a matter of attitude and partly, I suspect, to do with some aspect of his physiognomy: he has a large head and outsize features that somehow combine to give an impression of gravity. Before the photoshoot, he let it be known that he finds it uncomfortable to have a journalist (me) in his sightline on set, the kind of specification one might expect of a particularly precious Hollywood star. But this turns out to be misleading. Driver’s discomfort is with the entire celebrity aspect of his job, which makes talking about his role in the latest Star Wars trilogy somewhat tricky. I don’t even know where to start with The Last Jedi,
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2017 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards: ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Wins Both Best Picture and Best Actor

2017 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards: ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Wins Both Best Picture and Best Actor
Call Me by Your Name” was honored with Best Picture during the 2017 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards voting on Dec. 3. Meanwhile, the Best Director honors ended in a tie between Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”) and Luca Guadagnino (“Call Me by Your Name”). Best Actor went to Timothée Chalamet for “Call Me by Your Name,” and Best Actress to Sally Hawkins for “The Shape of Water.”

Lafca was founded in 1975 and includes both print and digital critics (including IndieWire’s own Michael Nordine). Last year’s big winner was “Moonlight,” which was awarded Best Picture and Best Director for Barry Jenkins. Top acting categories went to Adam Driver for Best Actor in “Paterson,” and Isabelle Huppert for Best Actress in both “Elle” and “Things to Come.”

Earlier this week, the New York Film Critics Circle voted on and announced their awards, giving top honors to “Lady Bird
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