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Philippines' ’Dear Wormwood’ wins best project at Macao film festival

Iffam Project Market also handed awards to projects from South Africa, Australia-Japan and Portugal.

Dodo Dayao’s Filipino project Dear Wormwood picked up the Best Project Award, which comes with a cash prize of $15,000, at the International Film Festival & Awards Macao (Iffam) Project Market last night (December 8).

The jury comprised Singaporean director-producer Eric Khoo, Berlinale Efm director Matthijs Wouter Knol and Shozo Ichiyama, head of Tokyo Filmex and producer/CEO of Kino International.

Produced by Bianca Balbuena, Bradley Liew and Patti Lapus, Dear Wormwood explores how the lives of five women in the remote Philippine mountains are endangered when a
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Influencers: Ellen Kuras Shows that Shooting from a Blueprint Can Capture Any Emotion

Influencers: Ellen Kuras Shows that Shooting from a Blueprint Can Capture Any Emotion
In a world where only 18 (a number that’s doubled in the last seven years) of the 390 members of the American Society of Cinematographers are women, the trailblazing career of Ellen Kuras has long been a guiding light, but not simply because of the odds she overcame, but the work itself.

“Her work told me it was possible not just to be a female Dp, because all that is is a gender, but she’s good at what she does,” said “Black Panther” cinematographer and devoted Kuras fan Rachel Morrison. “Her work really spoke to me and spoke to the masses, and I liked that the work wasn’t gendered.”

Kuras has given us cinematography as bold as the films she’s drawn to, and the directors who are drawn to her. When we look back at what was best about independent films from the 1990s it’s often best
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Robert Evans Bio-Drama Stays In The Broadway Picture…Hopefully

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Exclusive: Two years ago, a West End staging of a new play based on Hollywood producer Robert Evans’ classic Hollywood memoir The Kid Stays In The Picture seemed all but certain for an imminent transfer to Broadway. Strong reviews, a sold-out run, rampant press rumors of a transfer, a name director in Simon McBurney, the stateside-friendly subject matter, the direct involvement of Evans himself and London’s Royal Court Theatre’s then-recent record of well-received New York transfers combined to make the Hollywood tale seem like a perfect Broadway baby.

Then, nothing.

Well, nothing but rumors, and, given the book’s troubled stage adaptation history, for understandable reason. An earlier adaptation of Evans’ memoir had spectacularly flamed out, with a prominent playwright – Jon Robin Baitz – and director – Richard Eyre – bolting from the project. Reports suggested even Evans himself was ready to walk, at one point seeming,
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Lorcan Finnegan thriller ‘Nocebo’ among 14 selected for 2019 Macao project market

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Work in Progress strand will also return for a second year.

The Iffam Project Market (Ipm) has unveiled 14 films that will be presented during the three-day event in Macao, which runs December 6-8.

They include supernatural revenge thriller Nocebo from Irish director Lorcan Finnegan, who’s Vivarium was in Cannes Critic’s Week this year, and The Day And Night Of Brahma, a family drama by South African director Sheetal Magan, whose short Paraya was presented in Cannes Directors Fortnight.

Other titles include coming-of-age feature Uk Kei from Portuguese director Leonor Teles, the youngest director to have ever won the
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Errol Morris and Bob Odenkirk Want to Tell You About a Global Meltdown — Watch

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Errol Morris and Bob Odenkirk Want to Tell You About a Global Meltdown — Watch
Ahead of screenings at the Telluride Film Festival over Labor Day weekend, Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris debuted a series of 19 30-second spots featuring “Better Call Saul” Emmy nominee Bob Odenkirk.

Each of the clips, which IndieWire has assembled into a single video below, slyly points at a different aspect of climate change, with Odenkirk playing Admiral Horatio Horntower (obviously a play on C.S. Forester’s fictional Horatio Hornblower character) as he stands atop a disappearing iceberg, pondering life’s mysteries alongside his animal friends who realize, unlike Horatio, that the planet is on the brink of a total climate meltdown. “I’m not worried!” says Horatio, who’s in denial. But the penguins and the seals are awake to what’s going on in these clips presented by Biscuit Filmworks & Fourth Floor Productions.

Below is the statement from director Morris, who won his Oscar in 2004 for “The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara
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Just Mercy Trailer Has Michael B. Jordan & Brie Larson Fighting for Justice

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Warner Bros. Pictures released the trailer for Just Mercy today, and it packs a stellar cast. Bringing the this true story to life are Michael B. Jordan and Oscar winners Jamie Foxx (RayBaby DriverDjango: Unchained) and Brie Larson.

The trailer introduces us to young lawyer Bryan Stevenson played by Michael B. Jordan as he begins his historical battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, he leaves his more locative job offers behind and travels to Alabama to defend those who weren't given proper representation.

Stevenson meets up with local advocate Eva Ansley (Brie Larson) who always felt like she was, "looking at a river full of drowning people and not having any way of helping them," and together they tackle one of his first, and most incendiary cases. Jaime Foxx plays the accused Walter McMillian.

In 1987, McMillian was sentenced to death for the murder of an 18-year old girl, despite
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David Hockney Film ‘A Bigger Splash’ Finds Redemption, 45 Years After Being Booed

David Hockney Film ‘A Bigger Splash’ Finds Redemption, 45 Years After Being Booed
Nowadays, one can’t open a film festival line-up without seeing the words “documentary/narrative hybrid.” Though the documentary community is touchy about the nomenclature — (is it docu-ficton? docu-drama? Aren’t all documentaries narrative in some way?) — there’s no disputing that films that challenge the conventions of traditional documentary storytelling are lately in vogue. Robert Greene has built a career on provocative genre agnostic films such as “Bisbee ’17” and “Kate Plays Christine;” Errol Morris’ “Wormwood” pushed the form to new artistic heights; even Martin Scorsese recently toyed with audiences with the tongue-in-cheek Bob Dylan tribute “Rolling Thunder Revue.”

Blending fact and fiction is old hat for Jack Hazan, the filmmaker behind “A Bigger Splash,” a beguiling meditation on love and art forged from the real life of English painter David Hockney. Borrowing its title from one of Hockney’s most famous paintings, the film follows Hockney as he struggles
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Why Adam McKay’s ‘Vice’ Shone Light On Shadowy Power Broker Dick Cheney: He Birthed ‘Republican Revolution’

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Why Adam McKay’s ‘Vice’ Shone Light On Shadowy Power Broker Dick Cheney: He Birthed ‘Republican Revolution’
Last time Adam McKay crashed the Oscar party with The Big Short, his inventive dissection of the meltdown of the global economy in 2008 got a Best Picture nomination and McKay’s first Oscar for script. He’s back with the latecomer Vice, cleverly mixing humor and inventive narrative techniques to show how Dick Cheney hitched himself to George W. Bush and wielded unprecedented power for a veep, from quarterbacking the 9/11 crisis while Air Force One circled the skies, to masterminding the fight against terrorism with hardnosed moves. McKay tackles the architect of a Republication revolution that is on full display in the Trump White House. His film recently led the Golden Globe nominations, hauling six nods, including Best Director. The ordeal included McKay risking death by irony — his Cheney-like chain smoking and stress eating led him to a minor heart attack, and the echocardiogram of the blockage being cleared are
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Christian Camargo & Hera Hilmar Join Apple Series ‘See’ From Steven Knight & Francis Lawrence

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Christian Camargo & Hera Hilmar Join Apple Series ‘See’ From Steven Knight & Francis Lawrence
Exclusive: Christian Camargo (Penny Dreadful) and Hera Hilmar (DaVinci’s Demons) have been cast as series regulars opposite Jason Momoa in Apple’s original drama series See, from Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight, director Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2) and the scripted drama venture of Peter Chernin’s Chernin Entertainment and Endeavor Content.

Written by Knight and directed by Lawrence, See is described as an epic, world-building drama set in the future. Knight and Lawrence also serve as executive producers on the project, with Chernin Entertainment’s Peter Chernin (Hidden Figures), Jenno Topping (Hidden Figures) and Kristen Campo (The Killing).

Camargo will play Tamacti Jun, the head of Queen Kane’s (Sylvia Hoeks) army. Hilmar is Maghra, a determined mother.

Camargo and Hilmar join previously announced Momoa, Hoeks, Alfre Woodard, Yadira Guevara-Prip, Nesta Cooper and Archie Madekwe.

Camargo was recently seen in Errol MorrisNetflix
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Pop Passes On Supernatural Comedy Pilot ‘The Demons Of Dorian Gunn’ From Exec Producer Krysten Ritter

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Pop Passes On Supernatural Comedy Pilot ‘The Demons Of Dorian Gunn’ From Exec Producer Krysten Ritter
Exclusive: Pop has passed on Krysten Ritter-exec produced supernatural comedy pilot The Demons of Dorian Gunn. Deadline understands that the CBS and Lionsgate joint venture broadcaster is not moving ahead with the show, which was fronted by Search Party’s Jeffrey Self.

The project was first announced in December 2017 with casting unveiled at the TCAs in January.

The show centers on disgraced New York socialite Dorian Gunn, who discovers he’s descended from a long line of demon hunters and is forced to abandon his life of leisure to protect humanity from monsters as they emerge from the gates of hell.

Self stars as the series’ antihero Dorian Gunn. After the mysterious death of his parents, Dorian’s gluttonous life as a celebutante has been in a downward spiral plagued with booze-filled antics that threaten his status with the family business. Although he desperately just wants to be a B-list celebrity,
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‘American Dharma’ Review: Errol Morris’ Steve Bannon Documentary Is the Most Disturbing Movie of the Year — Venice

‘American Dharma’ Review: Errol Morris’ Steve Bannon Documentary Is the Most Disturbing Movie of the Year — Venice
Errol Morris excels at interrogating morally complicated men, from Robert McNamara to Donald Rumsfeld, but he’s never ventured as far to the dark side as he does with “American Dharma.” Confronting Steve Bannon in a cold, empty room for the duration of this unsettling portrait, Morris presses the alt-right icon to justify the racist ideology behind the machinations that propelled Donald Trump to the White House.

Morris consolidates Bannon’s evolution from conservative media maverick to the architect of the Trump campaign into a slick overview. However, those details are less compelling than Morris’ tendencies to interrupt Bannon’s self-mythologizing in search of the truth. “American Dharma” delivers a suspenseful and upsetting showdown between one man confident of his cause and another mortified by it.

At certain points, “American Dharma” becomes a nightmarish variation on a TCM special, with Bannon narrating highlights from some of his favorite movies, drawing
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Could Peter Sarsgaard earn an Emmy nomination for acting … in a documentary? He stars in ‘Wormwood’

Could Peter Sarsgaard earn an Emmy nomination for acting … in a documentary? He stars in ‘Wormwood’
Peter Sarsgaard is a strong contender for an Emmy nomination for Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor this year for playing arrogant CIA agent Martin Schmidt in Hulu’s fact-based limited series “The Looming Tower.” And this one-time Golden Globe nominee could also contend for Best Movie/Mini Actor for his role in another true story: Netflix’s “Wormwood.” But his candidacy there is unique because “Wormwood” is actually a documentary.

Wormwood” is helmed by filmmaker Errol Morris, who is best known for his nonfiction films including “Gates of Heaven” (1978), “The Thin Blue Line” (1988), “Mr. Death” (1999) and “The Fog of War” (2003), the last of which won him the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. In “Wormwood” he investigates the mysterious death of Frank Olson, an Army scientist who died in 1953 in what may have been a CIA-ordered assassination.

The story is told largely through interviews, particularly with Olson’s son Eric who
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Netflix’s ‘Wormwood’: Yet Again, Errol Morris Re-Defines the Rules of Documentary

Netflix’s ‘Wormwood’: Yet Again, Errol Morris Re-Defines the Rules of Documentary
Wormwood,” Errol Morris’ six-part investigative miniseries about the CIA cover-up around the mysterious death of biological warfare scientist Frank Olson in 1953, pushes non-fiction storytelling in a more personal direction with speculative fiction.

That’s because the story is told from the point of view of Olson’s son, Eric, now in his seventies, who has spent his life trying understand why his father plunged to his death from the 13th floor of the Statler hotel in New York City, a few days after he was secretly drugged with LSD by his CIA boss. Was it suicide? Or was he pushed after refusing to continue to participate in the CIA’s secret mind-controlling program called MKUltra. Eric believes he was murdered but has never been able to prove it.

Eric found a kindred spirit in Morris, who, with his go-to editor and co-writer Steven Hathaway, totally blurs the line between truth and fiction.
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Big Name Talent Lured to TV by ‘Amount of Creativity and Diversity’ in the Medium

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Big Name Talent Lured to TV by ‘Amount of Creativity and Diversity’ in the Medium
Peak TV has led to a new golden age for movies on the small screen. This year alone some of those boldfaced names included Al Pacino in “Paterno,” Michael B. Jordan in “Fahrenheit 451” and Catherine Zeta-Jones in “Cocaine Godmother.”

“I don’t think there’s ever been a better time for television. The amount of creativity, diversity, talent — it’s contagious,” says Zeta-Jones.

The Academy Award-winning actress should know. After trying to get a film about ruthless Colombian drug lord Griselda Blanco off the ground for years, she finally found a home for it on Lifetime, which, to her surprise, offered her everything she wanted as the project’s headliner.

“I think the joy as an actor is having the ability to work with great people, be passionate about something and to have people see it, which I had in Lifetime,” she says. After that, “good work is good work wherever it is.
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‘Wormwood’: Errol Morris Used Every Tool of Cinema to Investigate a Real-Life Mystery

‘Wormwood’: Errol Morris Used Every Tool of Cinema to Investigate a Real-Life Mystery
Errol Morris’ “Wormwood,” a six-part nonfiction series for Netflix, investigates what really happened to Frank Olson, a biological warfare scientist working for the CIA who supposedly jumped out the window of a New York hotel (room 1018A) in 1953. It’s a mystery that spans 60 years of history of the CIA and is often told through personal lens of his son Eric Olsen who, now in his early seventies, is still determined to discover the truth of his father’s death.

“This is not, in any sense, a live action, vérité account of something that is transpiring in front of the camera,” Morris said in an interview with IndieWire. “The camera is trying to bore into the past, into history, is trying to discover what did happen using all of the tools that we have at our disposal.”

Those tools involve a rich archive of documentation, both personal and governmental, but also the tools of cinema,
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Emmys: Director Errol Morris On Fiction, Nonfiction, & The Truth In Doc Series ‘Wormwood’

Emmys: Director Errol Morris On Fiction, Nonfiction, & The Truth In Doc Series ‘Wormwood’
The Errol Morris documentary series Wormwood has made Emmy history even before the nominations are announced.

The Netflix hit is being submitted for Emmy consideration in a variety of nonfiction categories, including Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking. And yet because of extensive dramatizations in Wormwood, the cast of actors Morris deployed—including Peter Sarsgaard, Molly Parker, Tim Blake Nelson and Bob Balaban—will also appear on nomination ballots in dramatic acting categories.

A documentary has never before yielded nominations for acting at the Emmys, Television Academy awards researchers believe. This is more evidence, if any were needed, that Morris is the leading disruptor of the documentary form, willing to blur what to some are sacred lines between what constitutes nonfiction and what does not.

“Part of what I’m doing is I’m trying to extend how we think about truth telling, storytelling, the world around us, misrepresentation, lying, and on and on and on,
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“Take Me Back to That Day, If You Could”: Errol Morris’s Wrenching Distracted Driving Shorts

Errol Morris brings the full force of his filmmaking to a pair of PSAs he’s made as part of At&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign, which raises awareness about distracted driving. Those who’ve seen his recent work, especially his Netflix six-part film, Wormwood, will recognize a number of stylistic devices here, including multi-angle talking heads material, unusual photo crops, and, of course, Morris’s pertinently shouted off-screen questions. But the films, particularly the devastating “Forrest’s Story,” go further than the usual PSA, exploring, in addition to Morris’s usual epistemological inquiry, the different forms of grief and the enduring mysteries of loss. The […]
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“Take Me Back to That Day, If You Could”: Errol Morris’s Wrenching Distracted Driving Shorts

Errol Morris brings the full force of his filmmaking to a pair of PSAs he’s made as part of At&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign, which raises awareness about distracted driving. Those who’ve seen his recent work, especially his Netflix six-part film, Wormwood, will recognize a number of stylistic devices here, including multi-angle talking heads material, unusual photo crops, and, of course, Morris’s pertinently shouted off-screen questions. But the films, particularly the devastating “Forrest’s Story,” go further than the usual PSA, exploring, in addition to Morris’s usual epistemological inquiry, the different forms of grief and the enduring mysteries of loss. The […]
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Ebertfest at 20: Roger Ebert’s Film Festival Keeps the Beloved Critic’s Passions Alive

Ebertfest at 20: Roger Ebert’s Film Festival Keeps the Beloved Critic’s Passions Alive
The Ebert name is starting to move in new directions, but after 20 years, Ebertfest remains largely the same. Roger Ebert’s annual film festival, held in his hometown of Champaign, Illinois, threw a cake-and-ice-cream party for its anniversary edition but otherwise stuck to programming a familiar mix of fare the beloved film critic championed during his life and newer work chosen for its similarities to films and themes he had embraced in the past. This year, the newer selections included “13th,” “Interstellar” and “Columbus,” while choices from the Ebert vault included “American Splendor,” “Rambling Rose” and opening-night selection “The Fugitive.”

Meanwhile, Chaz Ebert, Roger’s widow and co-founder and chair of the Roger and Chaz Ebert Foundation, plans moves into film production and broader social action. She announced during the festival that she would be co-producing a biopic of Sojourner Truth, to be helmed by Lateef “Cal” Calloway, who previously
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Idw to Release New Hardcover Collection of Mike Mignola’s Bram Stoker’S Dracula Comic Book Adaptation

When filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola gave Bram Stoker's Dracula his own twist in the early ’90s, Mike Mignola (along with Roy Thomas) used his unique artistic abilities to bring the ambitious adaptation to life in a four-issue comic book series. Now, a quarter of a century later, Idw is resurrecting Mignola's sought-after take on Bram Stoker's Dracula and bringing it back to print in a gorgeous hardcover collection coming out this September:

Press Release: San Diego, CA, (March 24th, 2018) – 25 years ago one of comics’ most celebrated creators, Mike Mignola, adapted to comics, along with Roy Thomas, the star-studded Columbia Pictures (Sony Pictures Entertainment) film by Francis Ford Coppola, Dracula, based on the world-renowned novel by Bram Stoker. Now at last fans of this lost treasure will have a chance to relive the terror, or discover it for the first time, as Idw is bringing the complete story back to print!
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