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UTA Signs Sundance-Bound ‘Monos’ Filmmaker Alejandro Landes

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EXCLUSIVE: UTA has signed Colombian-Ecuadorian director, writer and producer Alejandro Landes in all areas. The move comes as he readies his most recent feature film, Monos, for its world premiere at this month’s Sundance Film Festival, followed by an international premiere at the Berlin Film Festival. Set on a remote mountaintop somewhere in Latin America, Monos revolves around a rebel group of teenage commandos who perform military training exercises while watching over… Read


SXSW: Seth Rogen/Charlize Theron Comedy, Matthew McConaughey’s ‘The Beach Bum’ Among 2019 Feature Lineup

South by Southwest Conference and Festivals has announced the first 102 film and episodic titles which will be screened at the upcoming 9-day Austin-based fest. Among those titles are the Jonathan Levine-directed Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron comedy, The Beach Bum, starring Matthew McConaughey, The Highwaymen, with Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson, and Kathy Bates, as well as Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut film Booksmart. These pics will be featured as headliners at the… Read


WME Signs Bart Freundlich, Director Of Sundance Opener ‘After The Wedding’

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EXCLUSIVE: Just over a week before the 2019 Sundance Film Festival starts and After the Wedding writer-director Bart Freundlich has already notched one big deal. Set to have the Opening Night film slot at the Robert Redford founded shindig, the Mozart in the Jungle helmer has signed with WME for representation in all areas. The remake of The Night Manager director Susanne Bier’s 2006 Oscar nominated Best Foreign Film will have its world debut on January 24 in Park… Read


‘Mope’ First Look: Sundance Movie About Real-Life Porn Murder Has Some Kick


Lucas Heyne’s feature directing debut Mope will have its world premiere later this month in the Midnight section of the Sundance Film Festival. Deadline has the first look at the movie co-written by Zack Newkirk and Heyne and produced by Parkside Pictures in association with Saxton Cinema & Uncooperative Pictures. The drama is based on the true story of a real-life murder in 2010 at a San Fernando Valley porn company. That’s where Stephen Clancy Hill, a mope (slang for a… Read


SXSW: Olivia Wilde, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Henry Winkler + More Join Conference Lineup

The South by Southwest Conference and Festival have unveiled an additional list of names added to its keynote and featured speaker lineup. Actress Olivia Wilde is among names announced today as part of the Keynote speakers along with Endeavor Chief Marketing Officer Bozoma Saint John and Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger. The trio joins previously announced keynote speakers Jessica Brillhart, Joseph Lubin, Shirley Manson, Lauren Mayberry, Marti Noxon, and Kevin Systrom… Read


Mark Urman, Indie Film Mainstay, Dies At 66

UPDATED with reaction. Mark Urman, a prominent figure in the independent film business who headed Paladin Film for the past decade, has died at age 66 after battling cancer. Word of his passing circulated over the weekend, especially among the many film and media professionals who live (as did Urman) in Montclair, N.J. as well as in the tight-knit indie community. Initial plans for a memorial service have not yet been finalized. Early on, Urman worked in publicity for… Read


PaleyFest LA Sets Full 2019 Lineup, Kicked Off By ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ 

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The Paley Center for Media today has announced the full lineup for PaleyFest LA 2019, which takes place March 15-24 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Ticket sales will take place at a special pre-sale tomorrow and Wednesday for Citi cardmembers, plus Paley Patron, Fellow, and Supporting Members. Tickets go on sale to Paley Center Individual Members on January 17 at 9:00 am PT, and to the general public on January 18 at 9:00 am PT at the website. This year's… Read


Santa Barbara Film Festival Finalizes 2019 Lineup

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The Santa Barbara Film Festival will kick off its 34th edition on January 30 with the world premiere of Mimi deGruy’s documentary Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy, about her late biologist-turned-filmmaker husband,and close February 9 with Wyatt Daily’s surfing docu Spoons: A Santa Barbara Story. The news comes as SBIFF unveiled its full lineup of films that will feature 63 world premieres and 59 U.S. premieres from 48 countries to go along with its annual… Read


Cinema Eye Awards Tabs RaMell Ross’s ‘Hale County This Morning’ For Top Honors

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RaMell Ross' debut feature, Hale County This Morning, This Evening, an intimate and cinematic portrait of black lives in Alabama, took the top award tonight at the 12th annual Cinema Eye Honors, winning Outstanding Nonfiction Feature. It was the second Cinema Eye Feature Honor in a row for producer Joslyn Barnes, who also produced last year's award winner, Strong Island. The 12th Annual Cinema Eye Honors were presented at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, New… Read


Berlin Lineup Additions: Agnès Varda, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Juliette Binoche, Wagner Moura, Diane Kruger Movies Join

The Berlin Film Festival has added movies by Agnès Varda, Agnieszka Holland, Hans Petter Moland, Isabel Coixet and Wang Quan’an to its competition programme. Chiwetel Ejiofor’s directorial debut The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind will play in the Berlinale Special strand. Scroll down for the full list of additions to the batch of films already announced for the competition. Coixet’s (The Bookshop) black-and-white feature Elisa & Marcela, the true-story of two women who got… Read


Elizabeth Chomko Explored Loss & Found Everything To Gain In Directorial Debut, ‘What They Had’

On the road to making her feature debut with What They Had, Elizabeth Chomko faced two crises. On one hand, there was the existentential—the potency of loss, and the inevitability of decline, experienced firsthand. On the other, a crisis of identity, in her work as an artist. A Bleecker Street release starring Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Robert Forster, Blythe Danner and Taissa Farmiga, the drama could hardly be more personal. Out of five acclaimed actors, it forged a… Read


‘The Drone’ Trailer: What Happens When A Zombeaver Controls Your Pitch And Yaw

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EXCLUSIVE: Jordan Rubin will ring in 2019 by returning to the big screen with The Drone, the follow-up to his 2014 cult horror comedy Zombeavers about a weekend lake-cabin outing fantastically undone by undead Castor canadensis. Deadline has the exclusive teaser trailer for The Drone to start your new year off right. The new pic, which as you will have hoped is directly in Zombeaver‘s loopy flight path, revolves around a drone that has become sentient with the… Read