• YouTube to Host Free Virtual Film Festival With 20 Partners Including Cannes, Tribeca, Sundance
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    YouTube to Host Free Virtual Film Festival With 20 Partners Including Cannes, Tribeca, Sundance

    With COVID-19 shuttering film fests worldwide, YouTube has stepped in to launch a 10-day digital film festival this spring with 20 partners -- streaming free to cinema fans everywhere. We Are One: A Global Film Festival is being produced and organized by New York's Tribeca Enterprises. The YouTube-hosted event will feature programming from 20 top […]

  • Helen Mirren Says Meghan Markle Was a ‘Fantastic Addition to the Royal Family’
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    Helen Mirren Says Meghan Markle Was a ‘Fantastic Addition to the Royal Family’

    Helen Mirren, who won an Oscar for her performance as Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II in “The Queen,” says Meghan Markle was "a fantastic addition to the royal family," and she “applauds” Markle and Prince Harry’s decision to step back from royal duties, she tells Variety. Mirren, who is the subject of an homage at the […]

  • Cannes: 2019 Lineup Includes ‘Rocketman’ and Films by 13 Women
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    Cannes: 2019 Lineup Includes ‘Rocketman’ and Films by 13 Women

    The 72nd Cannes Film Festival has announced its lineup, unveiling an official selection that includes 13 female filmmakers, a number of genre movies, more American titles than last year and an opportunity for Elton John to make a star turn on the Croisette. Twelve of the 47 films announced Thursday are directed by women (one […]

  • ‘Overlord’ Wins Early Raves at Fantastic Fest: ‘Everything I Wanted From a WWII Nazi Zombie Movie’
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    ‘Overlord’ Wins Early Raves at Fantastic Fest: ‘Everything I Wanted From a WWII Nazi Zombie Movie’

    If the reaction from its premiere at Fantastic Fest is any indication, “Overlord” may be exactly what you are looking for. Last night, the WWII zombie film from director Julius Avery and producer J.J. Abrams earned rave reviews at the genre-oriented film festival in Austin, with “Deadpool” creator Rob Liefeld and “Doctor Strange” writer C. Robert Cargill among those in the audience.

  • ‘Outlaw King’ Filmmaker David Mackenzie Trims Netflix Epic By 20 Minutes Post Toronto Premiere
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    ‘Outlaw King’ Filmmaker David Mackenzie Trims Netflix Epic By 20 Minutes Post Toronto Premiere

    <strong>EXCLUSIVE: </strong>David Mackenzie has heard the people. Coming away from the opening night TIFF premiere of his Netflix epic  <em>Outlaw King, </em>the filmmaker has cut 20 minutes from the movie before its Oct. 17 debut at the London Film Festival, spurred by the Toronto audience response. A passion project for the  <em>Hell or High Water </em>Scottish-director,  <em>Outlaw King </em>tells the story about Scottish King Robert the Bruce (played by Chris Pine reteaming with Mackenzie post <em>HOHW</em>), William…

  • ‘Vox Lux’ Rocks Venice: Natalie Portman’s ‘Ferocious’ Performance Hailed As a ‘Career-High’ in First Reviews
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    ‘Vox Lux’ Rocks Venice: Natalie Portman’s ‘Ferocious’ Performance Hailed As a ‘Career-High’ in First Reviews

    "The Childhood of a Leader" director Brady Corbet gets the best out of Portman in his second directorial effort.

  • Toronto Kicks Off With Hot Package: Daniel Craig Stars, Rian Johnson Directs & Scripts Murder Mystery ‘Knives Out’
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    Toronto Kicks Off With Hot Package: Daniel Craig Stars, Rian Johnson Directs & Scripts Murder Mystery ‘Knives Out’

    <strong>EXCLUSIVE</strong>: In a move that will surely swing some of the focus from awards season launches to the acquisitions market at this week’s Toronto International Film Festival, U.S. and foreign distributors will be bidding for <em>Knives Out</em>, a contemporary murder mystery that will star Daniel Craig as a detective assigned to solve the crime, with Rian Johnson directing. Craig has committed to star in November, while his James Bond 25 film regroups following the exit of director…

  • Killed for asking for a vote: Mike Leigh brings 'Peterloo' to Venice
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    Killed for asking for a vote: Mike Leigh brings 'Peterloo' to Venice

    In 1819, mounted troops charged, swords drawn, into a pro-democracy protest in northern England, killing over a dozen people and wounding hundreds in what became a landmark event in the struggle to win common people the right to vote. There were, of course, no cameras to record it, but journalists at the clash at St. Peter's Field in Manchester compared the devastation to the battlefield at Waterloo where Napoleon was defeated four years before, and dubbed it the Peterloo Massacre. The story is retold by Mike Leigh, the British director who made the surprise move into historical drama with the painter biopic "Mr Turner" in 2014, but insists "Peterloo" is as relevant to today as the contemporary films that made his name.

  • ‘Suspiria’ Conjures Eight-Minute Standing Ovation At World Premiere, Divides Critics — Venice
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    ‘Suspiria’ Conjures Eight-Minute Standing Ovation At World Premiere, Divides Critics — Venice

    ‘Suspiria’ received an eight-minute ovation following its world premiere screening at the Venice Film Festival tonight. As expected, the wild and wonderful movie is sharply dividing critics. <em>Indiewire</em> calls it a ‘grim and glorious work of madness’ and the UK’s <em>Daily Telegraph</em> gives it five stars, hailing it as ‘better than the original’. Conversely,  <em>Time</em> calls it ‘bland, boring, and silly’ and Rogerebert.com decries it ‘hollow and pretentious’. It was always likely to be…

  • Surprise! The Coens’ ‘Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ Is a Film and It’s Headed for Oscar Season
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    Surprise! The Coens’ ‘Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ Is a Film and It’s Headed for Oscar Season

    Oscar-winning directors Joel and Ethan Coen will be riding into the Oscar season this fall with a new film that began life as an anthology series. Last year, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” was announced as a Netflix original series that would feature six tales about the American frontier. The project is actually a 132-minute […]

  • Venice Film Festival: Coen Brothers Surprise, Netflix Prominent In Rich Lineup – Full List
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    Venice Film Festival: Coen Brothers Surprise, Netflix Prominent In Rich Lineup – Full List

    <strong>UPDATE</strong>: The Venice Film Festival has come up with another intriguing lineup which — despite mostly on-the-nose pre-reveal speculation — also offers some surprises, notably the Coen Brothers’ <em>The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs</em> landing in competition. Artistic Director Alberto Barbera unveiled the full roster this morning in Rome, setting the stage for the awards season kick-off and providing a window onto some of the major titles we expect to be talking about throughout the next…

  • Guy Ritchie Returns To ‘Lock, Stock’ & ‘Snatch’ Turf With ‘Toff Guys’ – Cannes
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    Guy Ritchie Returns To ‘Lock, Stock’ & ‘Snatch’ Turf With ‘Toff Guys’ – Cannes

    <strong>EXCLUSIVE</strong>: Guy Ritchie is returning to the style of filmmaking that launched his directing career with <em>Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels</em> and <em>Snatch</em>. Ritchie will unveil in the Cannes market <em>Toff Guys</em>, a stylized and inherently British drama. <em>Toff Guys</em> will be the next film Ritchie directs, and will be one of the buzzier titles when CAA Media Finance and Rocket Science introduce it at next week to foreign and domestic buyers. Ritchie will produce, and he wrote the script…

  • Cannes Confirms ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Premiere – Update
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    Cannes Confirms ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Premiere – Update

    <strong>UPDATED, 4:30 AM:</strong> The Cannes Film Festival this morning confirmed Deadline’s scoop that <em>Solo: A Star Wars Story</em> will premiere at Cannes to become the third film in the series to come to the Croisette after 2002’s <em>Star Wars: Attack of the Clones</em> and 2005’s <em>Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith</em>. Find the official announcement below the original story break. <strong>EARLIER EXCLUSIVE, </strong>Thursday, 1:42 PM, PST: <em>Solo: A Star Wars Story</em> will make its debut at the Cannes Film Festival, Deadline…

  • Cannes: Benicio Del Toro to Head Un Certain Regard Jury
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    Cannes: Benicio Del Toro to Head Un Certain Regard Jury

    Benicio Del Toro has been named president of the jury for Un Certain Regard in Cannes. Hailing him as “not only a film lover but a brilliant actor,” the Cannes Film Festival said Wednesday that Del Toro was “an artist who knows no boundaries” and a performer who “throws himself like no other into his […]