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Before Trump Entered Presidential Race, ‘Tito And The Birds’ Director Cast Him As His Villain, Teaching Kids About The Weaponization Of Fear

With Tito and the Birds, his first animated feature, Gustavo Steinberg took on the most timely and complex of themes, striving to make them accessible to children. Based in a dystopian city that looks a lot like São Paulo—but could really be any metropolis—Shout! Factory’s Brazilian Oscar entry watches as the world is overcome by a disease of fear. Seeking a cure for the contagion in birds—creatures of mythological weight, which have quietly observed human life since the… Read

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Sony TV’s 2018 Diverse Directors Program Semifinalists Come Into Focus – Update

UPDATED with semifinalists, 10:15 AM: Sony Pictures Television has announced the 15 semifinalists in its 2018 Diverse Directors Program. The shortlisted folks for fifth annual initiative are Amir Farhang, Charissa Sanjarernsuithikul, Darien Sills-Evans, James Sims, Jeannette Godoy, Kim Nguyen, Leena Pendharkar, Lynda Reiss, Maria Burton, Mel Rodriguez III, Nora Kirkpatrick, Ryan Richmond, Stephanie Martin, Tiffanie Hsu and X. Dean Lim. PREVIOUS EXCLUSIVE, June 18: Sony… Read

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Mark Dindal To Direct ‘Garfield’ Animated Movie For Alcon Entertainment

The Emperor's New Groove and Chicken Little helmer Mark Dindal is set to direct a Garfield animated feature set up Alcon Entertainment, which acquired the rights from the creator Jim Davis, who will serve as an exec producer. Paul Kaplan and Mark Torgove co-wrote the screenplay. Debuting in 1978, the Garfield comic strip centers on a cynical, lazy, lasagne-loving orange cat and his interactions with his owner, Jon Arbuckle, and fellow pet Odie, the lovable dog. John Cohen… Read

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Mourning Loss Of Paint-And-Paper Anime, ‘Mirai’ Director Attempts Animated First With Four-Year-Old Protagonist

In a robust year for international animation—with a record eight Japanese films on the Oscars shortlist—Mamoru Hosoda brought a most personal project to Cannes, trying for a historic first. The first Japanese anime to premiere at the prestigious French festival—and the Directors’ Fortnight’s sole animated entry this year—Mirai was ambitious, taking as its protagonist a four-year-old boy. Undoubtedly, small children have featured into many an animated film over the years… Read

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Ennio Morricone Slams Quentin Tarantino, Hollywood And The US – Or Does He?

UPDATE: Ennio Morricone has issued a statement claiming that they got it all wrong in the Playboy Germany interview. He has issued the following statement: “It has come to my attention that Playboy Germany has come out with an article in which I have stated extremely negative comments about Tarantino and his films, and the Academy. I have never expressed any negative statements about the Academy, Quentin, or his films — and certainly do not consider his films garbage. I… Read

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Paul Greengrass Talks Taking On Real-Life Tragedy And Political Powderkegs – Behind The Lens

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Director Paul Greengrass started his career over 30 years ago working on cutting-edge documentaries, so it should probably come as no surprise that when he moved over to making narrative features the real world would definitely merge with his reel world. Films like Bloody Sunday, Captain Phillips, Green Zone, and United 93 (for which he was nominated for the Best Director Oscar) tackle subjects from an Irish government massacre and the 9/11 attacks to the Iraq War and… Read

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‘Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story’ Director Ashley Bell On The Miracle Of A Rescue

“I was very naively planning to do this as a short, happily ever after story," says Ashley Bell about her feature-length documentary Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story. Following a recent Awardsline screening of the film, Bell, perhaps best known for her performances in The Last Exorcism films, explained what drew her to write, direct and produce this moving chronicle of an often harrowing rescue of an Asian elephant from a brutal life in captivity. Love… Read

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Susanne Bier To Direct ‘The Undoing’ HBO Limited Series Starring Nicole Kidman

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This is a major coup for HBOSusanne Bier has signed on to direct all six episodes of The Undoing, the network’s high-profile upcoming limited series starring Nicole Kidman and written by David E. Kelley. Bier, who also will serve as an executive producer, has been at the top of every network’s list of director choices following her work on The Night Manager, which earned her an Emmy Award. She had been unavailable, working on her feature Bird Box; this marks her first… Read

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Spike Lee To Helm Frederick Douglass Film Based On Roger Guenveur Smith Stage Play

Spike Lee is reteaming with frequent collaborator Roger Guenveur Smith on a biopic about Frederick Douglass based on Smith’s acclaimed one-man play, Frederick Douglass NOW. It’s inspired by the life and legacy of the 19th century self-liberated abolitionist, orator, author, social reformer and one of the most seminal figures in U.S. history. For the stage play, Smith turned Douglass’ texts into a jazz-infused narrative and incorporated original writing of Beckettian… Read

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Courtney B. Vance, Niecy Nash, Mamoudou Athie Star In Netflix Film ‘Uncorked’ From ‘Insecure’ EP Prentice Penny

Courtney B. Vance, Claws star Niecy Nash, and Mamoudou Athie are attached as the leads in Uncorked, a father-son story loosely based on the family history of Insecure EP and showrunner Prentice Penny, who wrote and is directing the pic for Netflix. A Boy. A Girl. A Dream. producer Datari Turner is producing this project with Forge Media's Chris Pollack, Mandalay Pictures' Jason Michael Berman, Argent Pictures' Jill Ahrens, Ryan Ahrens, and Ben Renzo, as well as Penny… Read

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‘The Old Man & The Gun’ Director David Lowery, A24 Team On Fantasy Epic ‘Green Knight’

EXCLUSIVE: After teaming on the 2017 drama A Ghost Story, which starred Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara, director David Lowery and A24 are back in business with Green Knight, a fantasy epic retelling of the medieval tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Lowery, who most recently helmed The Old Man & the Gun starring Robert Redford, will direct the film and produce along with Toby Halbrooks James M. Johnston. A24 is financing with Ley Line and BRON Studios. Sir Gawain and… Read

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‘Black 47’ Director Lance Daly Signs With APA

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EXCLUSIVE: Lance Daly, the Irish director who most recently helmed the Irish historical pic Black 47 that bowed this year at the Berlin Film Festival, has signed with APA. The film stars Hugo Weaving, James Fecheville, Stephen Rea and Jim Broadbent, and just had its North American premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. IFC Films is distributing it in the U.S. The film, set in 1847, follows and Irish Ranger who has been fighting for the British Army abroad when he abandons… Read