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Paul Dano in Talks to Join Jane Campion’s ‘The Power of the Dog’ (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Paul Dano in Talks to Join Jane Campion’s ‘The Power of the Dog’ (Exclusive)
Paul Dano is in negotiations to join Benedict Cumberbatch in Netflix and Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog.”

Netflix acquired the film earlier this summer from See-Saw Films’ in-house sales arm Cross City Films. Variety first reported on the project earlier this month and Cross City Films launched sales at the Cannes Film Festival.

Netflix will release the film in 2021 on the streaming platform and in theaters. Transmission Films will be releasing theatrically in Australia and New Zealand. The deal excludes United Kingdom free TV rights, which are retained by BBC Films.

Campion directed the movie, adapted from the 1967 Thomas Savage novel of the same name. It follows wealthy Montana brothers who are two sides of one coin. Cumberbatch portrays a man who is stolid, fastidious and gentle, while his brother is graceful, brilliant and cruel. They are joint owners of the biggest ranch in the Montana valley.
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Film News Roundup: Carey Mulligan Joining Ralph Fiennes in Netflix’s ‘The Dig’

  • Variety
Film News Roundup: Carey Mulligan Joining Ralph Fiennes in Netflix’s ‘The Dig’
In today’s film news roundup, Carey Mulligan books a Netflix role and “Shottas” and “Lost in America” find homes.

Casting

Carey Mulligan is in talks to join Ralph Fiennes in the Netflix period drama “The Dig,” set at the end of World War II.

Mulligan will portray a widow who believes her land contains buried riches, and Fiennes will portray a local archaeologist. Simon Stone is directing with Gabrielle Tana producing.

The project was previously set up for BBC Films with Nicole Kidman attached. In the past, Mulligan worked with Netflix on “Mudbound” and was nominated for an Academy Award for “An Education.” She also starred with Jake Gyllenhaal in the period drama “Wildlife” last year.

Acquisition

Samuel Goldwyn Films has bought worldwide rights to the action-drama “Shottas.”

The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2002, then became a hit with audiences after an unfinished bootleg leaked
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Nicolas Winding Refn’s ‘Drive’ Is Returning To Blu-ray With The Alternative Soundtrack

One of the best films in recent years, in my opinion, has to be Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive. Every time I see it I get more from it, and it has to have one of the most original soundtracks – in terms of the score by Cliff Martinez, or the music choices – of the decade. A few years back, the BBC did a very original experiment where it got Radio 1 and Zane Lowe to come up with an alternative soundtrack for a one-off broadcast. Although I personally prefer the original stuff, it was great to see a different interpretation. Well, that version is now coming to Blu-ray with new box-art and bonus content. All of the delicious details are below.

Drive stars Ryan Gosling, Cary Mulligan, Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Christina Hendricks (The Neon Demon) and Ron Perlman (Hellboy). Icon Film Distribution presents Nicolas Winding Refn‘s Drive on
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Winona Ryder, John Turturro, Anthony Boyle Join HBO Miniseries ‘Plot Against America’

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Winona Ryder, John Turturro, Anthony Boyle Join HBO Miniseries ‘Plot Against America’
Winona Ryder, John Turturro, Anthony Boyle, Zoe Kazan, Morgan Spector, Caleb Malis, and Azhy Robertson will lead the ensemble cast of HBO’s miniseries “Plot Against America” from David Simon.

Simon and Ed Burns will executive produce the show along with Joe Roth, Nina K. Noble, Megan Ellison, Sue Naegle, Susan Goldberg, and Jeff Kirschenbaum. The project will be co-exec produced by Dennis Stratton and the late Philip Roth.

Based on Roth’s novel, the six-part series will imagine an alternate American history told through the eyes of a working-class Jewish family in New Jersey, as they watch the political rise of Charles Lindbergh — an aviator-hero and xenophobic populist, who becomes president and turns the nation toward fascism.

Boyle is a rising star who won a Tony and Olivier Award for his performance in the hit play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” He can next be seen opposite Nicholas Hoult
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Justin Hartley, Avan Jogia & Ed Oxenbould To Star In Coming-Of-Age Comedy ‘The Exchange’

  • Deadline
Justin Hartley, Avan Jogia & Ed Oxenbould To Star In Coming-Of-Age Comedy ‘The Exchange’
Exclusive: Justin Hartley, Avan Jogia, and Ed Oxenbould are attached to star in The Exchange, a coming-of-age comedy which is being directed by Dan Mazer. Mazer is a long-time collaborator of Sacha Baron Cohen who got his start as a writer/ director/producer on Cohen’s Da Ali G Show and was recently part writing/directing team for his Showtime series Who Is America?.

Dan Hine (Cuckoo) of the London-based Who’s On First is producing with Elevation ProductionsChristina Piovesan and Noah Segal.

Tim Long wrote the script for The Exchange, inspired by his high school experience. Set in the 1980s, the film follows a socially awkward but highly enterprising teenager who decides to acquire a “mail order best friend”; a sophisticated exchange student from France. Instead, he ends up importing his personal nightmare, a cologne-soaked, chain-smoking, sex-obsessed youth who quickly becomes the hero of his new community.

Filming is currently underway in Canada.
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Lincoln Center 50th Gala Adds Scorsese, Aronofsky, Gyllenhaal, Dee Rees

  • Deadline
The Film Society of Lincoln Center has added Darren Aronofsky, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dee Rees, and Martin Scorsese as guest speakers for the 50th Anniversary Gala on Monday, April 29, 2019 in Alice Tully Hall. They will join previously announced Pedro Almodóvar, Marielle Heller, Tilda Swinton, and John Waters, who will also be feted.

All have a connection with the New York Film Festival and Fslc. Darren Aronofsky’s feature debut Pi (1998) was chosen for the 27th New Directors/New Films, and his 2008 film The Wrestler closed the 46th New York Film Festival; Jake Gyllenhaal’s film Wildlife, which he starred in and produced through Nine Stories, premiered at last year’s New York Film Festival; Dee Rees’s feature debut, Pariah (2011), was selected for the 40th edition of New Directors/New Films, and her follow-up, 2017’s Mudbound, screened at the 55th New York Film Festival. Scorsese has had seven films screen in the New York Film Festival,
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Win Paul Dano’s Superb ‘Wildlife’ On Blu-ray

Out today on digital download and available of DVD and Blu-ray from 18th March is Paul Dano’s stunning directorial effort Wildlife. To celebrate the release we have three copies of the film to give away on Blu-ray.

Paul Dano (Love & Mercy; There Will Be Blood) makes his outstanding directorial debut with Wildlife, a gripping 1960s drama surrounding a struggling family’s dedication to provide for one another, and the tenacity of the human spirit. This handsomely made small-town story is available for digital download on 11 March 2019, or out on Blu-ray and DVD on 18 March 2019, courtesy of Icon Film Distribution.

Adapted from the Richard Ford novel of the same name, the film also boasts an all-star cast including Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan, Ed Oxenbould and Bill Camp.

Set in a small town in 1960’s Montana, fourteen-year-old Joe (Oxenbould) is the only child of Jeanette (Mulligan) and Jerry (Gyllenhaal). Nearby,
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‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ Glenn Close Among Top Winners at 2019 Indie Spirit Awards

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‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ Glenn Close Among Top Winners at 2019 Indie Spirit Awards
Glenn Close, Ethan Hawke and “If Beale Street Could Talk” took home the top prizes at the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards, held Saturday on the beach in Santa Monica, Calif.

Close stole the Aubrey Plaza-hosted show by inviting her dog Pip up on stage to accept best female lead, causing massive oohs and ahs and considerable distraction from her triumph for “The Wife.”

“It’s always the work, isn’t it?” Close said of the Sony Pictures Classics film, before thanking the women in her category including Carey Mulligan and and Regina Hall.

Producers for “Beale Street,” led by Adele Romanski, agreed with Close in a short but sweet acceptance speech that justly gave all the credit to author James Baldwin for his lush romance.

Ethan Hawke won for best male lead for Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed,” though his costar Amanda Seyfried accepted on his behalf, while Richard E. Grant
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‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ Trailer: Art Will Be the Death of Jake Gyllenhaal in Netflix’s ‘Nightcrawler’ Reunion

‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ Trailer: Art Will Be the Death of Jake Gyllenhaal in Netflix’s ‘Nightcrawler’ Reunion
Calling all “Nightcrawler” fans: The official trailer for “Velvet Buzzsaw” has arrived. The movie reunites “Nightcrawler” writer-director Dan Gilroy with stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo, but anyone hoping for something similar is definitely going to be shocked by what the trio has in store this time. “Velvet Buzzsaw” is a horror-thriller set in the high stakes contemporary art world where one artist’s paintings make a killing, quite literally.

Starring opposite Gyllenhaal and Russo is a star-studded ensemble that includes Toni Collette, Zawe Ashton, Tom Sturridge, Natalia Dyer, Daveed Diggs, Billy Magnussen, and John Malkovich. Netflix is bringing the movie to the 2019 Sundance Film Festival later this month, where it will have its world premiere January 27.

Velvet Buzzsaw” is Gilroy’s third directorial effort following “Nightcrawler” and the Denzel Washington-starring “Roman J. Israel, Esq.,” which earned its leading man an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. Gyllenhaal himself was
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The Best Films and Performances of 2018

Wow. We’ve gotten here, arguably against all odds. Just over 350 movies later (a record breaking number for yours truly), my year is complete. It’s now time to put a nice little bow on the cinematic gift that was 2018, ladies and gentlemen! As just mentioned, it was the year where I saw more films than ever before. If I’m being honest, a lot of that had to due with the deluge of content on Netflix, original film wise, but that’s another story. I also just always try to see more than the year before, so a stupidly large number like this was probably unavoidable. Interestingly, while this was the year where I gave the least amount of four star perfect reviews (only three in total), I’d still consider it an overall fairly solid year for cinema. It’s just a quirk of the rating system, as
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Zoe Kazan Responds to Twitter User Who Criticized ‘Buster Scruggs’ and Tagged Her

Twitter is a place where moviegoers can share their reactions to movies and performances, but there’s a clear line between doing so in an appropriate way and being flat-out disrespectful. Actress and writer Zoe Kazan brought attention toward the latter camp when she decided to respond to one Twitter user who decided it was a good idea to criticize Kazan’s performance in “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” and tag Kazan’s account.

After Twitter user @SamBrod said Kazan was “frustrating to watch” in “Buster Scruggs,” Kazan responded by saying, “Solid example of when not to tag an artist in your tweet about their work. … Like I am not a restaurant, this is not yelp, I don’t need to know that you found the meal overly salty.”

The Twitter user quickly apologized for the tag, writing, “Dear all, I apologize for this tweet. I did not think Zoe
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'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Carey Mulligan ('Wildlife')

'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Carey Mulligan ('Wildlife')
"I kind of lean into the unlikable things," says the actress Carey Mulligan as we sit down at the offices of The Hollywood Reporter to record an episode of THR's 'Awards Chatter' podcast and begin discussing the character she plays in Paul Dano's new film Wildlife, a 1960s wife and mother whose "likability," or lack thereof, has been a hot topic of discussion. "Because we all have slightly crap aspects to our personality, as much as we try and pretend that we don't, and that's what makes us real human beings. So I ...
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Zoe Kazan on Her Wildly Productive 2018: 2 Movies and a Baby

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Zoe Kazan on Her Wildly Productive 2018: 2 Movies and a Baby
This article about Zoe Kazan first appeared in the Actors/Directors/Screenwriters issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.

Zoe Kazan is not the only actor who also wrote a movie this year, but she’s probably the only one who wrote one film that’s in the awards race and then starred in a completely different film that’s also a contender.

And she’s definitely the only person who starred in one movie, wrote another and also had her first baby in the midst of her busy year.

But that is Zoe Kazan’s 2018. She co-wrote the quietly devastating family drama “Wildlife” with the film’s director and her partner, Paul Dano; the Richard Ford adaptation premiered at Sundance, went to Cannes and then opened in October. She played one of the lead roles in the Coen brothers’ darkly comic anthology Western “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”, which premiered
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Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal shine in Paul Dano’s directorial debut ‘Wildlife’

Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal shine in Paul Dano’s directorial debut ‘Wildlife’
While “A Star is Born” is rightly being hailed as one of the best films of the year and one of the best directorial debuts ever, Bradley Cooper isn’t the only actor making his debut as a director this year. Paul Dano — an actor who has appeared in such acclaimed pictures such as “Little Miss Sunshine” (2006), “There Will Be Blood” (2007), “Prisoners” (2013) and “12 Years Slave” (2013) — helmed his first film, “Wildlife,” this year. The IFC Films follows the story of a boy witnessing his parents’ marriage fall apart after his mother falls in love with another man.

Dano and his partner, actress Zoe Kazan adapted Richard Ford‘s novel. This labor of love stars Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal as the parents and newcomer Ed Oxenbould as the boy. Critics praised this trio of talent for carrying the weight and emotional intensity of this intimate film. It merits an impressive score
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‘Wildlife’ and ‘Vice’s’ Bill Camp on Why Actors Need to Have Full Lives Outside of Work

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‘Wildlife’ and ‘Vice’s’ Bill Camp on Why Actors Need to Have Full Lives Outside of Work
You might not know it, but you’ve likely seen Bill Camp in your favorite show. The actor is known for his understated but powerful roles in FX’s “Damages,” HBO’s “The Night Of,” and Hulu’s 9/11 drama “The Looming Tower.” He appears in Paul Dano’s recently released directorial debut “Wildlife,” and plays Gerald Ford in Adam McKay’s upcoming political dramedy, “Vice.”

How do you play a character, as in “Wildlife,” who at first glance seems unpleasant?

When I play any character, I try to find something that makes him accessible to everybody who’s watching, because every role is a little bit of me too. There’s a beautiful part of the book [by Richard Ford], and it’s in the movie, where he talks about flying his plane and describing what it’s like to be up there alone — that there’s an understanding of the universality of the world.
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A new update to Academy Award predictions for November

Howdy folks. Hopefully everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving feast and are recovering from Tryptophan overload. As a way to move on from Turkey Day (and distract from Black Friday shopping), I’ve got a whole new set of Oscar predictions to share with you! Yes, it’s that time once again. With precursors having begun and only a little over a month left in the year, predictions need to be taken a whole lot more seriously. With each passing week, the race evolves in some new way. Before you know it, it’ll be time to start handing out big prizes, and then…the Oscars won’t be far away. We now live in a world where only Clint Eastwood’s film The Mule resides as an unseen awards season X factor. Hovering over everything right now is the fact that Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic Vice is something to reckon with.
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Carey Mulligan Talks ‘Wildlife,’ Not F*cking Up, Playing A Frightening Character & More [Interview]

Carey Mulligan wholly deserves awards attention in Paul Dano’s exquisite directorial debut “Wildlife.” As Jeanette, the self-destructive Middle America housewife that tries to break free from that time’s conventions of what a married woman should and shouldn’t do, Mulligan quietly expresses disillusionment, frustration and then, unabashed self-interest of her needs over her marriage and family. But it’s done so with a grace that we empathize with her.

Continue reading Carey Mulligan Talks ‘Wildlife,’ Not F*cking Up, Playing A Frightening Character & More [Interview] at The Playlist.
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Women Rule the Indie Spirit Nominations, But Will Oscars Follow?

Women Rule the Indie Spirit Nominations, But Will Oscars Follow?
The nominations for Film Independent’s 34th Independent Spirit Awards are in. The always-idiosyncratic nominations committees steer toward low-budget indie American movies (there’s supposedly a $20-million budget cap), which explains why ineligible titles include too-expensive “Vice,” Belgian-directed “Beautiful Boy,” French-directed “The Sisters Brothers,” and British movie “Mary Queen of Scots,” among others, and how Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” wound up in the stellar international film category which also includes likely Oscar-contenders “Burning”, “The Favourite”, and Palme d’Or winner “Shoplifters”.

Spirit nominations do offer some guidance for other awards shows, from the Screen Actors Guild to the Oscars: back in March, Frances McDormand, Allison Janney, and Sam Rockwell all landed Spirit wins in the blustery white tent in Santa Monica the day before accepting their inevitable Oscars. Original Screenplay Oscar winner Jordan Peele took home the Best Feature Indie Spirit for “Get Out”; before that, the previous four winners
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Women Rule the Indie Spirit Nominations, But Will Oscars Follow?

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Women Rule the Indie Spirit Nominations, But Will Oscars Follow?
The nominations for Film Independent’s 34th Independent Spirit Awards are in. The always-idiosyncratic nominations committees steer toward low-budget indie American movies (there’s supposedly a $20-million budget cap), which explains why ineligible titles include too-expensive “Vice,” Belgian-directed “Beautiful Boy,” French-directed “The Sisters Brothers,” and British movie “Mary Queen of Scots,” among others, and how Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” wound up in the stellar international film category which also includes likely Oscar-contenders “Burning”, “The Favourite”, and Palme d’Or winner “Shoplifters”.

Spirit nominations do offer some guidance for other awards shows, from the Screen Actors Guild to the Oscars: back in March, Frances McDormand, Allison Janney, and Sam Rockwell all landed Spirit wins in the blustery white tent in Santa Monica the day before accepting their inevitable Oscars. Original Screenplay Oscar winner Jordan Peele took home the Best Feature Indie Spirit for “Get Out”; before that, the previous four winners
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Independent Film Awards Circuit Livens Up Studio-Heavy Oscar Race

  • Variety
With this year’s best picture Oscar race set to feature a number of major studio releases, the independent film awards circuit is making for a lively sidebar affair. As ever, it’s an opportunity for bubble contenders to find their corner of the spotlight ahead of the holiday rush, when voters will hopefully be diligent about viewing their screeners before settling in with ballots in the new year. But this year in particular, the absence of so many expected Academy heavyweights from these proceedings is providing a wide berth that should go a long way toward ensuring events like the Independent Filmmaker Project’s Gotham Awards and Film Independent’s Spirit Awards don’t feel like a rehearsal dinner for the Oscars. (Recent Academy drama suggests that will be a relief for some.)

Let’s start with the Spirits. Film Independent’s 46-member nominating committee revealed its nominations for
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