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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Biopic ‘On The Basis Of Sex’ Set To Open AFI Fest

The AFI Fest said today that the world premiere of Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic On the Basis of Sex will be its opening-night gala on Thursday November 8. The Focus Features release of the Participant Media film will open Christmas Day in a prime spot for awards season. Ginsburg is already a major commodity in the Oscar buzz for the 2018 documentary RBG, also from Participant, which is expected to be a big player in the Documentary Feature race. With the Supreme Court such… Read


Fox Searchlight Lands Two Short Films From Toronto, Sets Oscar-Qualifying Runs

Fox Searchlight

Fox Searchlight has acquired a pair of short films acquired at the Toronto Film Festival and has set one-week Oscar-qualifying runs beginning today in Los Angeles for both of them. The pics, the A.V. Rockwell-directed Feathers and the Shelly Lauman-directed Birdie, were part of TIFF’s Short Cuts lineup earlier this month. They open in theaters Monday with exclusive runs at the Vintage Los Feliz 3. Feathers centers on an emotionally dejected new enrollee at the Edward R… Read


‘Shark Tank’ Judges And Producers Spill Secrets On Eve Of 200th Episode: “I’m Surprised More Entrepreneurs Don’t Bomb” – Tribeca TV Festival

Tribeca TV Festival feted ABC reality juggernaut Shark Tank, which launched in the depths of the financial crisis in 2009 and is set to start its 10th season next month. Five of the “sharks” who evaluate entrepreneurs on the show — Mark Cuban, Daymond John, Barbara Corcoran, Laurie Greiner and Kevin O’Leary — joined executive producers Clay Newbill and Yun Lingner for a panel discussion. (The sixth regular shark, Robert Herjavec, was absent due to a schedule conflcit.) A… Read


Tracey Ullman Describes Her Political Comedy To Meryl Streep: “I’m Not In Some Liberal Indignation Bubble” – Tribeca TV Fest

Tracey Ullman didn’t name names, but she drew a clear distinction between her approach to political comedy and that of late-night talent. Speaking to her longtime friend Meryl Streep after the Tribeca TV Festival debut of the third-season premiere of HBO’s The Tracey Ullman Show, she offered something of a mission statement for Trumpian times. “I’m not in some liberal indignation bubble,” she said, responding to an audience member’s question. “I can’t be or I’d go mad… Read


‘The Great Buster: A Celebration’ Trailer: Buster Keaton Gets His Due In Peter Bogdanovich’s Documentary

Buster Keaton

EXCLUSIVE: Peter Bogdanovich’s The Great Buster: A Celebration, his documentary about movie pioneer Buster Keaton, is winding its was from a world premiere at Telluride and then Venice before landing this week at the place where Keaton plied his trade: Hollywood. The pic is set to screen Sunday afternoon in the Buzz section of the Los Angeles Film Festival. The film produced and to be distributed by Cohen Media Group looks at the life of Keaton, a king of Silent Era films… Read


Cinema Libre Lands L.A. Homeless Crisis Docu ‘The Advocates’ Ahead Of Los Angeles Film Festival Bow; Watch The Trailer

The Advocates

EXCLUSIVE: Cinema Libre Studio has acquired rights to The Advocates, Rémi Kessler’s documentary focusing on the growing homeless crisis in Los Angeles. The deal comes as the pic has its world premiere Saturday in the LA Muse section of the Los Angeles Film Festival. The film will screen next month at the Woodstock Film Festival and get a limited theatrical release beginning October 19. The film centers on both the historic and current causes of L.A.'s rising homeless… Read


New York’s NewFest Sets Lineup For 30th Edition: ‘Boy Erased’, ‘Mapplethorpe’, More

Boy Erased

NewFest, the New York-set LGBTQ film festival that is celebrating its 30th year, has unveiled its full linuep of movies ahead of its run October 24-30. As previously announced, the fest opens with Yen Tan’s AIDS drama 1985 starring Gotham‘s Cory Michael Smith, The Gifted‘s Jamie Chung, Aidan Langford, Virginia Madsen and Michael Chiklis. This year’s slate includes the New York Centerpiece screening of the Matt Smith-starring Mapplethorpe; the Telluride-bowing Boy Erased… Read


‘Simple Wedding’ LA Film Festival Clip: Probing Questions Make A Family Dinner Turn Awkward

Simple Wedding

EXCLUSIVE: Everyone’s had those awkward family dinners where the discussion turns uncomfortable, if not downright unpleasant. That’s certainly what happens in this clip from Simple Wedding, a comedy directed by Sara Zandieh and starring and executive produced by Rita Wilson, Shohreh Aghdashloo and Tara Grammy that premieres Friday at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Take a look above. The logline describes Mainstay Entertainment’s Simple Wedding as a romantic comedy about a… Read


Animation Is Film Unveils Lineup For Second Edition


The second Animation Is Film festival in Los Angeles will open with the North American premiere of Mamoru Hosoda’s Mirai on October 19, part of a four-film retrospective of the director’s work at the event, which also unveiled some of its competition films Wednesday. The fest, produced by Gkids in partnership with Annecy International Animation Film Festival, runs October 19-21 at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Mirai, written and directed by Hosada hailing from… Read


New Orleans Film Festival Books ‘Green Book’; Screen Media Acquires ‘Luz’; Chien-Ming Wang Docu To Passion River – Film Briefs

Green Book

Green Book, coming off its People’s Choice win at the Toronto Film Festival, has been set as the opening-night film of the New Orleans Film Festival, which runs October 17-25. Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen star in the pic directed by Peter Farrelly and based on accounts of a real-life tour by pianist Don Shirley and driver-bodyguard Tony Lip through the American South in the 1960s. The movie, which bows in theaters November 21 via Universal, was shot on location in… Read


‘Brian Banks’ First Look: Powerful And Inspiring New Film From Tom Shadyac To Hit Los Angeles Film Festival

EXCLUSIVE: The Los Angeles Film Festival is on the move from June to this month, where it opens on Thursday with the world premiere of the music documentary Echo in the Canyon. Over the course of the next week, the festival will be offering an array of cinematic programming of all kinds including several more world premiere features. One of those is the locally based Brian Bankswhich marks a return to narrative filmmaking by director Tom Shadyac, whose most recent work… Read


Peter Strickland’s ‘In Fabric’ Sews Up A24 Deal After Toronto Bow

In Fabric

A24 has acquired North American rights to In Fabric, Peter Strickland's stylish horror film that just had its world premiere the the Toronto Film Festival in its Midnight Madness section. The distributor plans a 2019 theatrical release. Bankside Films negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers. The news comes as the pic, about a lonely woman who buys a cursed gown from a strangely sinister London-area department store, makes its U.S. premiere Thursday at Fantastic… Read