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‘Uncut Gems’ & ‘The Lighthouse’ Top 2020 Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

‘Uncut Gems’ & ‘The Lighthouse’ Top 2020 Independent Spirit Awards Nominations
Film Independent announced the 2020 Independent Spirit Awards nominations on Thursday morning and the bigger winner was A24 Films. The indie distributor earned two Best Feature nominees with “The Farewell” and “Uncut Gems” while the later and “The Lighthouse” took five nominations each. Amazon Studios’Honey Boy” and Music Box Films’ under the radar “Give Me Liberty” earned four nominations each.
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Alan Cumming’s Audio Cabaret ‘Legal Immigrant’ Shows a Personal Side of Politics

Alan Cumming’s Audio Cabaret ‘Legal Immigrant’ Shows a Personal Side of Politics
Alan Cumming isn’t exactly sure what to call his new Audible Original “Legal Immigrant.” Recorded at the Minetta Lane Theatre in New York, it’s an audio version of his touring show of the same name. It’s a themed cabaret. It’s a personal monologue. It’s a spontaneous live album. It’s a combination of all of those.

Written by Cumming, the show uses a particular song-and-storytelling format to give an overview of his experiences as an American citizen. As he explains in the show, he was inspired by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ decision to remove the phrase “a nation of immigrants” from its mission statement in early 2018.

From there, Cumming wanted to make something that framed immigration as a positive experience, highlighting the many artistic contributions to American culture from people born outside the United States. “Legal Immigrant” features a four-piece band made up
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‘Honey Boy’ Trailer: Shia Labeouf’s Deeply Personal Film Is A Serious Awards Season Contender

As we look back at the surprising stories that made 2019 so interesting, one of the biggest ones is the resurgence of actor Shia Labeouf. After years that found the actor toiling away in films that didn’t live up to expectations, combined with his rather boisterous off-set reputation, Labeouf was seen as perhaps on the decline. But this year, with the release of critically-acclaimed films “The Peanut Butter Falcon” and now, “Honey Boy,” Labeouf is in the middle of a Keanu Reeves-like renaissance.

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‘Once Upon A Time’ Extended Scene: Sony Celebrates Tarantino’s Latest Coming To Digital With More Rick Dalton Dancing

Can you believe it’s only been four measly months since the new Quentin Tarantino film, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” was released in theaters? Maybe it’s the fact that our world seems to be falling apart around us, but 2019 feels like it’s just never-ending. Well, ‘Once Upon a Time’ is now making its way to digital outlets and will arrive on physical media next month, and to celebrate, Sony has released a new extended scene from the film.

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Carrie Coon Has Become One Helluva Voice Actor, and It Wasn’t as Easy as She Makes It Sound

Carrie Coon Has Become One Helluva Voice Actor, and It Wasn’t as Easy as She Makes It Sound
When Carrie Coon signed on to star in the scripted podcast “Motherhacker,” she didn’t know exactly what would happen next. She’d taped podcasts before, but her interests skewed toward nonfiction and political series — now, she was the lead of a Gimlet original series, and while that came with its own challenges, Coon also came down with a nasty case of strep throat right before recording.

“There was very little preparation,” Coon said in an interview with IndieWire. “I had the script. I had the dates. I have a toddler, so I did not have time to prepare — that’s just not part of my life right now, preparation. I was really just thinking, ‘Ok, I’m going to go in the studio for six hours, we’re going to record these scripts straight through, and knock them out in three days.’ It just sounded very straightforward.”

Well, it wasn’t.
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Rian Johnson Says ‘It’s a Tragedy’ That ‘Knives Out’ Has a Wider Release Than ‘The Irishman’

On November 27, Lionsgate will release writer-director Rian Johnson’s timely whodunit crowdpleaser “Knives Out” with a wide theatrical release, just in time for Thanksgiving. With his first project after the hulking blockbuster of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Johnson remains a fierce proponent of the theatrical experience.

“This movie is manufactured to be seen with a big crowd — everyone laughing and involved with it,” he said during an interview with IndieWire in New York this week. “It’s going to be totally different than seeing it home alone.”

And as cinephile, Johnson bemoaned the contrast between the scale of his movie’s release and significantly smaller one for Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” which is currently playing several hundred theaters — those willing to play ball with a shorter theatrical window — around the country before Netflix puts the movie on its platform on November 27, the same day that “Knives Out” opens nationwide.
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All the New and Returning 2019-2020 Midseason TV Shows

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The television season never really ends, it merely pivots to the nearest oncoming wave of brand new content. With that in mind, here’s a look ahead at the new and returning shows scheduled to debut during midseason 2019-2020. (This list will be updated as more networks announce their lineups.)

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Filmmaker Michael Mann Raves About ‘Joker,’ Calling It “Brilliant” & “Authentic”

As we approach the end of the year, and awards season becomes the only thing that Hollywood is concerned about, films that are on the verge of getting a ton of nominations begin having special screenings with superstar Q&A’s. And Warner Bros. seems to be pulling out all the stops to promote “Joker,” with recent screenings hosted by Michael Moore and now, filmmaker Scott Cooper.

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Charlie Kaufman Releasing Debut Novel About a Failed Film Critic – First Details

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Charlie Kaufman Releasing Debut Novel About a Failed Film Critic – First Details
It seemed inevitable Charlie Kaufman, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” would publish a novel, and as announced by Entertainment Weekly, it’s aptly about a failed film critic. Kaufman’s latest sad sack is the protagonist of “Antkind,” which Random House acquired in 2012 and will release in May 2020. According to the publisher, it’s 720 pages, and described as a “mind-bending opus” — and why would you expect anything less from the man who penned “Being John Malkovich,” and wrote and directed “Synecdoche, New York”?

Here’s the synopsis from Random House: “B. Rosenberger Rosenberg, neurotic and under-appreciated film critic, stumbles upon a hitherto unseen film by an enigmatic outsider — a film he’s convinced will change his career trajectory and rock the world of cinema to its core. His hands on what is possibly the greatest movie ever made, a three-month-long stop-motion masterpiece that took its
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Netflix Adds Aardman’s ‘A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon’ to Animation Slate — Exclusive

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Netflix Adds Aardman’s ‘A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon’ to Animation Slate — Exclusive
Netflix has picked up U.S., Canadian, and Latin American rights to Aardman’s latest stop-motion feature, “A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon,” the sci-fi/comedy sequel to the Oscar-nominated “Shaun the Sheep Movie.” Co-directed by Aardman animators Richard Phelan and Will Becher, and revolving around a martian toddler, “Farmageddon” will stream in early 2020; Netflix will support an Oscar-qualifying theatrical run next season.

This bolsters Netflix’s ambitious slate of nearly a dozen animated features, coming on the heels of this month’s initial two, Oscar-buzzy, releases: “Klaus,” the charming Santa origin story with innovative 2D, and “I Lost My Body,” the acclaimed French existential mystery about a severed hand that’s the most original animated feature of the season. After only two years, Netflix has quickly established itself as a viable alternative to the Hollywood studios and a direct competitor to indies GKids and Sony Pictures Classics.

Led by Melissa Cobb,
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‘Cats’ Is Reportedly One Of The Most Expensive Films Of The Year

Say what you will about “Cats,” there’s no denying that Universal is really swinging for the fences with its upcoming holiday release. The musical about singing, dancing, anthropomorphic felines looks very…unique, and it has generated a ton of headlines (not all great) thanks to its two recent trailers. And if a new report is to be believed, it appears that Universal is hoping that all the hard work that has gone into the production is going to pay off with big box office totals.

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The Most Memorable Live TV Moments of the Decade

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On-demand viewing went from being an option at the dawn of 2010 to becoming the norm. With so many potential viewers going by their own personal schedules, that’s meant fewer chances to experience moments on TV that can galvanize those watching. But even with those dwindling numbers of instantaneous, must-watch events, there were still plenty of moments where live TV offered the possibility that anything could happen.

Many of these moments fall into the triple silos of sports, award shows, and politics. What’s maybe more interesting to track is how the lines between those blurred more than ever over the last 10 years, and how one live moment can represent a turning point in our culture.

Here are the 10 most memorable live TV moments of the decade, ranked:

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Danny DeVito Approves of Colin Farrell Taking Over the Penguin for ‘The Batman’

Warner Bros. surprised comic book movie fans November 5 with the announcement Colin Farrell was joining the cast of Matt Reeves’ “The Batman” as the villainous Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin. The character was made famous on the big screen by Danny DeVito in Tim Burton’s 1992 superhero film “Batman Returns.” Robin Lord Taylor also memorably played the Penguin on Fox’s television drama “Gotham.” DeVito starred opposite Farrell in Burton’s live-action “Dumbo” earlier this year, so it’s not surprising the former Penguin is giving his enthusiastic blessing to the new Penguin.

“Colin’s a great actor,” DeVito recently told ScreenRant while promoting “Jumanji: The Next Level.” “He’s a good friend of mine. I’ve known him for many years and I think he’s going to do a great job as the Penguin. It’s going to be really interesting to see his take on it.”

Farrell was on
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Just Kidding, Robert Downey, Jr. Isn’t Going To Voice A Character In Marvel’s ‘What If?’ Animated Series

It appears that Robert Downey, Jr. is indeed done with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. For real, this time. Maybe.

Last week, Jeff Goldblum was being interviewed and seemingly broke the news that excited millions of Marvel fans — Robert Downey, Jr. was going to reprise his role as Tony Stark one more time for an episode of the animated series “What If?” As you might imagine, this was a big announcement, as many just assumed that Downey, Jr.

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Jamie Lee Curtis Says A Parent Who Shows Their Little Child ‘Halloween’ Is “The Worst Human Being On The Planet”

When you’re a child, it’s a bit of a rite of passage to be exposed to a horror film when you’re entirely too young. Those are the moments that get etched into your brain and, for some, kickstart an obsession with the horror genre. However, for most of us, it’s not our parents who introduced us to horror films. And according to “Halloween” legend Jamie Lee Curtis, if you’re a parent that shows your underage child a horror film, you’re probably a terrible person.

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‘Hala’ Exclusive Music: Listen To A Sample Of The Score From Director Minhal Baig’s Incredible Film

Though many of the films that are being talked about during awards season debuted in the latter part of the year, one of our favorite films of 2019 is a project we first saw all the way back in January. Minhal Baig’s latest film, “Hala,” is a beautifully shot coming-of-age story that is unlike anything else you’ll see all year. And part of the reason we can’t seem to stop thinking about “Hala” is the beautiful score from composer Mandy Hoffman (“The Lovers”).

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Actor Reveals An “Alternative Ending” Was Shot But It Was “Mostly For Fun”

Over the course of the final season of “Game of Thrones,” it became abundantly clear that a large portion of the fanbase was not pleased. The first couple of episodes were fine, but they didn’t have that special feeling that fans were expecting. Then as the season progressed, fans began to turn on the series. And by the final two episodes, petitions were created, the outrage was felt all over social media, and “Game of Thrones” turned into the butt of many jokes, especially with its polarizing finale.

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Independent Spirit Awards: Do Adam Sandler and Robert Pattinson Stand a Chance in Awards Season?

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Independent Spirit Awards: Do Adam Sandler and Robert Pattinson Stand a Chance in Awards Season?
The nominees for the 2020 Independent Spirit Awards were announced yesterday, and like the Gothams, they provide a welcome contrast to the rest of awards season, since many of the smaller gems are unlikely to pierce the Oscar conversation. (See Anne Thompson’s analysis here.) At the same time, for some of the wilder contenders — we’re looking at you, “Uncut Gems” and “The Lighthouse” — they certainly can’t hurt.

This year’s awards season still has a lot of unknown variables, from “Little Women” to “Bombshell” and “1917,” which leaves plenty of room for unpredictable developments. Do Adam Sandler and Robert Pattinson (above) stand a chance? Their Spirit Awards nominations could indicate…something. Or not.

This is one of many topics debated in this week’s episode of Screen Talk, as co-hosts Eric Kohn and Thompson go through the nominees to explore what they actually might say about the weeks ahead.
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‘The Mandalorian’ Enters Epic Territory With The First Female ‘Star Wars’ Director [Episode 3 Review]

So far, while not everyone agrees with whether or not “The Mandalorian” is a great show (especially in this era of Peak TV), it has been a blast watching brand-new live-action “Star Wars” content delivered each and every week. The first episode is a bold introduction to the world and its broken-down, politically and morally rudderless landscape (following the events of ‘Return of the Jedi‘) and that distinct world’s lead character, a faceless bounty hunter (Pedro Pascal) tasked with retrieving some very special cargo.

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Dwayne Johnson Says ‘Black Adam’ Will Introduce The World To The JSA

Dwayne Johnson Says ‘Black Adam’ Will Introduce The World To The JSA
With the official word that Dwayne Johnson’s “Black Adam” is coming in 2021, the talk surrounding the film isn’t so much about when it’s going to happen but more about what the superhero film will include. And according to the star of the flick, “Black Adam” is a solo film, but it will likely have plenty of other heroes filling out its roster.

Speaking to ScreenRant, Johnson confirmed a couple of key aspects to “Black Adam,” including the lack of Shazam and the inclusion of one of DC Comics’ most revered superhero teams.
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