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‘Beasts Of No Nation’: Netflix’s Grim, Gritty Experiment Recruits Lido – Venice

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Cary Fukunaga's Beasts Of No Nation premiered here tonight in Competition, marking the first high-profile title in the section and a first for Netflix which acquired the film in March for a reported $12M. Previously having toiled in original documentaries, the streaming giant's drama is the first narrative feature the company is launching as a major presence in awards season. From Venice, it will travel to Telluride and then to Toronto — Netflix CCO, Ted Sarandos, who has… Read

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Steve Jobs Makes His Big-Screen Debut In Alex Gibney’s ‘The Man In The Machine’: Specialty Preview

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Summer is nearly over and swaths of industry and press are already looking to this fall’s releases (and Awards madness) at Venice and this weekend’s Telluride Film Festival, followed, of course, next week by Toronto. This weekend’s overall slate of newcomers is fairly thin with a couple of notable exceptions, particularly, a new doc about a maverick of Silicon Valley. Nearly four years after his death, the public fascination with Steve Jobs continues into perhaps mythical… Read


‘The Mindy Project’ Review: New Hulu Home Sees Comedy In Top Form

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A little more than five months after The Mindy Project ended its third and final season on Fox, the comedy is back on September 15 for a fourth season – now on Hulu. Unlike some cancelled network shows that have made the move online, the Universal Television-produced series, as my video review above says, hasn't lost any of its strengths in translation. On Hulu, as previously on Fox, TMP is funny, witty and hitting its high marks. The fact is, as fans of the series likely… Read


Marvel’s ‘Luke Cage’ Casts Its Cottonmouth

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Marvel’s Luke Cage has found its Cottonmouth. Mahershala Ali (House Of Cards, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay) has landed the role of Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes in the third series in Marvel's four-series package for Netflix. A Harlem nightclub owner, Stokes will become an unexpected foe in Luke's life when Stokes' criminal activities threaten Luke's world. In Luke Cage, Mike Colter plays Cage, a wrongly accused man who, granted superstrength by a sabotaged experiment… Read


Alix Madigan Joins Broad Green Pictures From Anonymous Content

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EXCLUSIVEAlix Madigan is joining Broad Green Pictures as head of creative affairs, becoming a key player for the ambitious indie film company. The well-respected Madigan is joining from Anonymous Content, where she was working most recently as a staff producer. Prior to that. Madigan had stints at Propaganda Films, Skouras Pictures and Avenue Entertainment. She currently serves on the board of Film Independent. "Alix has years of industry experience, and we are thrilled… Read


Palm Springs Fest Taps Ex-LAFF Exec David Ansen As Lead Programmer

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David Ansen is moving back East, SoCal-style. After four years as Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Film Festival, he will head down the 10 Freeway to the desert to become Lead Programmer for the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Working with a half-dozen other programmers under Artistic Director Helen du Troit, the former Newsweek movie critic will be tasked with acquiring films for the upcoming festivals from U.S.-based distribution outlets and international… Read


‘Mr. Robot’ Ratings Steady In Season 1 Finale

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Pushed for a week because of similarities to the on-air slaying of two journalists in Virginia, the USA Network cyberpunk series Mr Robot ended its first season last night with cliffhangers galore. With that unexpected break in mind, Mr. Robot wrapped its 10-episode first run pretty much on par with its last original two weeks ago. The Sam Esmail-created show was watched Wednesday by 1.210 million total viewers with 589,000 in the 18-49 demo for a 0.5 rating, according to… Read


Harriet Lane Novel ‘Her’ Gets Film Treatment; Abramorama & HBO Nab Docu ‘Heart Of A Dog’


Harriet Lane’s novel Her is getting the film treatment. Jesse Peyronel (Siren) has been set to adapt and direct the psychological thriller about a struggling mother who encounters a sophisticated woman who thinks it is a chance meeting but is far from it. The story is told from both women's alternating points of view, and a past grudge carefully unfurls into a riveting revenge drama. David A. Stern and D. Matt Geller are producing. Peyronel is currently writing the Fox… Read


‘Star Wars’ New Product List: Droids, Drones, Daggers, And Duck Tape

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Disney’s 18-hour global online unboxing event for Star Wars toys and products is over, ahead of its carefully planned Force Friday sales campaign. And while the revelations didn’t begin to capture the vast array of licensed products about to hit the shelves — including the new Star Wars Duck Tape — here are a few items that stand out, at least based on the official hype: Sphero hopes to charm tech fans with its BB-8 app-enabled Droid, with a suggested retail price of… Read


YouTube Stars Dude Perfect Land CMT Series For 2016 Premiere

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The dudes are heading to CMT. The network has greenlighted The Dude Perfect Show (working title) from Rob Dyrdek's Superjacket Prods for premiere in 2016. The series will combine comedy and live-action stunts and follow the lives of digital stars Tyler Toney, Cody Jones, Garrett Hilbert and twins Coby and Cory Cotton, along with their beloved panda mascot, as they open the doors to their mancave in Dallas, TX. Dude Perfect announced the series in a video message via their… Read


Hamptons Film Fest Adds Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘Youth’ To Opening Lineup

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Dividing its opening night in half, HIFF will present the East Coast premiere of Youth on Friday, October 9 at its Southampton venue. The film, from Academy Award winner Sorrentino (The Great Beauty), stars Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel as old friends vacationing in a Swiss luxury resort. Fred (Caine) is a retired composer and conductor, enjoying his retirement and Mick (Keitel) a director planning his final film. While musing about their lives and illustrious careers… Read