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    news ‘French Exit’ Star Michelle Pfeiffer Explains the Secret to Her Eclectic Career

    Actors like to reduce questions about their motives to simple clichés — they like to do different things, mixing things up is what gives them energy, that sort of thing — but it sounds different when Michelle Pfeiffer says it. Her latest role, leading Azazel Jacobs’ heightened dramedy “French...
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    news Berlin 2021: The 10 Most Exciting Films at This Year’s Festival

    These days, the only thing constant is change itself, and that extends to the wild world of film festivals. While the pandemic has forced some festivals to go entirely virtual, move dates or outright cancel, or line up ambitious hybrids, this year’s Berlinale is opting to do something totally...
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    news Amazon Prime Video Direct and the Dystopian Decision to Stop Accepting Documentaries

    When Amazon made a unilateral decision in early February to stop accepting documentaries and short films via Prime Video Direct (a policy that also covers “slide shows, vlogs, podcasts, tutorials, filmed conferences, monologues, toy play, music videos, and voiceover gameplay”), the announcement...
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    news Oscar Cinematography Survey: Here Are the Cameras and Lenses Used to Shoot 32 Awards Contenders

    IndieWire reached out to the cinematographers whose films are in awards contention and among the most critically acclaimed films of the year to find out which cameras and lenses they used and, more importantly, why these were the right tools to create the visual language of their respective...
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    news Frank Langella Is a Great Actor, Not a Movie Star, and He Is Very Much OK with That

    Frank Langella is Stanislavsky over Strasberg (“Lee took Stanislavsky and bastardized him terribly”), acting over stardom (“I play my strong suit and try to disappear”), and old over young. “I’d hate to be a young actor starting out now,” said the 83-year-old performer; he was 32 when he earned...
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    news ‘Nomadland’: The Spiritual and Filmmaking Connection Between Chloé Zhao and Terrence Malick

    In a 2018 interview for Criterion’s “Under the Influence” series, director Chloé Zhao broke down her appreciation of Terrence Malick’s 2005 “The New World.” The “Nomadland” director discussed how Malick’s spirituality, and how the viewer got sense of a bigger world beyond the characters and...
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    news Zendaya Says Her ‘Agency Was Stripped Away’ by Backlash Over ‘Malcolm & Marie’ White Director

    In a recent interview with The New York Times, Zendaya said her “agency was stripped away” in the wake of outrage over “Malcolm & Marie” being written and directed by a white filmmaker. Zendaya’s “Euphoria” creator Sam Levinson is credited as the writer and director of “Malcolm & Marie,” but...
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    news Behind the Two Pixar SparkShorts on the Oscars 2021 Animated Shortlist

    It’s been a little more than 25 years since the CG breakthrough of “Toy Story,” and Pixar still continues developing new animation tech. And that includes utilizing its vaunted shorts program as a training ground for testing new techniques and launching new directing careers. But, with the...
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    news Lana Wachowski’s ‘Matrix 4’ Directing Style: ‘Filming on the Fly,’ Using Natural Light, and More

    Filming on “The Matrix 4” is complete, and according to Neil Patrick Harris it was unlike other Hollywood action tentpoles of its kind. In an interview with Variety, the actor detailed Lana Wachowski’s unconventional filmmaking approach to a major studio production. As Harris explained, “It...
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    news ‘The Violent Heart’ Review: An Old-Fashioned Melodrama with Big Twists (and an Excellent Mary J. Blige)

    Good movies can get away with murder, while bad movies can’t get away with anything. Classic Hollywood melodramas — often soldered together by strained coincidences and Shakespearian twists of fate — depended on that eternal truth of high-key storytelling almost as much as they did on the...
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    news ‘Cruella’ First Trailer: Emma Stone Brings New Life to One of Disney’s Most Iconic Villains

    Disney found blockbuster success in 2014 by telling the origin story of “Sleeping Beauty” villain Maleficent (the Angelina Jolie-starring tentpole grossed $758 million worldwide and led to an underperforming 2019 sequel), and now the Mouse House is hoping to have similar luck with “Cruella,” a...
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    news ‘Allen v. Farrow’ Review: HBO’s Wrenching Documentary Deserves to Be Heard Now

    For approximately the last three years, Woody Allen has been known as an alleged child abuser first and a filmmaker second. His last feature to land American distribution was 2017’s “Wonder Wheel,” and even that release was hindered by the rise of the #MeToo movement. Since then, Allen has had...
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    news Scorsese Takes Aim at Streaming’s Lack of Curation and More: ‘Cinema Is Being Devalued by Content’

    Martin Scorsese rails against the movie business in a powerful new essay on Federico Fellini, published in the March 2021 edition of Harper’s Magazine (read the full essay here). Titled “Il Maestro,” the essay finds Scorsese waxing poetic on Fellini’s filmography and using the Italian filmmaking...
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    news Making-Of ‘WandaVision,’ Other MCU Titles to Be Featured in Disney+ Docuseries

    The gap between Marvel shows on Disney+ stings for franchise fans, but an upcoming docuseries that details the making of each superhero title could help ease the pain. Marvel Studios announced on Tuesday that its “Assembled” docuseries, which will go behind the scenes of various Marvel...
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    news The 20 Highest Grossing Indies of 2021 (A Running List)

    The below list only includes domestic (U.S. and Canada only, unless otherwise indicated) grosses for specialty films — which we define to include independent, foreign (including Bollywood films), and/or documentary films — that opened in limited release (599 screens and under) in 2021 AND/OR...
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    news ‘The White Tiger’: It Took 30 Years of Obsession to Prepare Ramin Bahrani for His Biggest Movie

    By most accounts, the story behind “The White Tiger” has been festering for almost 15 years. The Netflix project is based on Aravand Adiga’s award-winning 2008 novel that tracks the rags-to-riches saga of a young chauffeur who follows a criminal path to success in modern-day India. The roots of...
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    news Gina Carano Says Disney Pulled Her ‘Mandalorian’ Press After She Refused to Post Studio Apology

    Gina Carano is continuing to speak out about her firing from “The Mandalorian,” this time in statements given to former New York Times writer Bari Weiss (via Weiss’ Substack page). Lucasfilm announced February 10 it was severing ties with the actress over her history of controversial social...
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    news WGA Awards 2021 Nominations Revealed: ‘Palm Springs,’ ‘Borat 2,’ ‘Sound of Metal,’ and More

    Every year, the Writers Guild of America leaves out several Oscar-contending screenplays in its award nominations. The WGA maintains jurisdiction over whether scripts are produced under a Writer’s Guild contract, and who finally gets credit on a screenplay (they do not cover most animated films...
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    news The Best Undistributed Films of 2020

    Movies were already facing a distribution crisis before the pandemic. With only a handful of deep-pocketed buyers dominating the festival markets, and many buyers wary of anything save for safe commercial bets, it has become increasingly difficult for daring international cinema to break through...
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    news 7 New Netflix Shows in December, and the Best Reasons to Watch

    1. “Bridgerton” Season 1 (available Friday, December 25) Why Should I Watch? Starring “Derry Girls” icon Nicola Coughlan and featuring Julie Andrews as a narrator named Lady Whistledown, Shonda Rhimes’ first Netflix original series already has three solid gold reasons to try out the hipper...
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