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Stream of the Day: ‘Stop Making Sense’ Will Give You All the Joy You Need to Get Through the Week

Stream of the Day: ‘Stop Making Sense’ Will Give You All the Joy You Need to Get Through the Week
With readers turning to their home viewing options more than ever, this daily feature provides one new movie each day worth checking out on a major streaming platform.

David Byrne is one of the most resilient musical artists in modern history, and his talent for satisfying audiences while leading them into unexpected places has shown no signs of wear. As recently as February, Byrne was throwing a party on Broadway every night with “American Utopia,” resurrecting and refashioning some of his greatest hits alongside new compositions into a visually dazzling meditation on how a troubled nation can harbor greater potential. At some point, the Spike Lee-directed version of “American Utopia” announced earlier this year may give more audiences a chance to hang with Byrne’s latest euphoric sensation; until then, there is still “Stop Making Sense,” which still delivers all the joy you need to get through the day.
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Industry reels as TV dramas shutdown

Industry reels as TV dramas shutdown
First Ad Jeremy Grogan, Dop Martin McGrath and camera operator Nicolas Owens on the ‘Wakefield’ set (Photo: Lisa Tomasetti).

The Australian TV drama production sector has virtually ground to a halt with multiple shows suspending shooting last Friday.

Jungle Entertainment and BBC Studios shut down the ABC-commissioned Wakefield, the eight-episode drama set in a Blue Mountains psychiatric hospital.

“The limitations we’ve put on our incredible cast and crew over the last two weeks have made shooting more and more difficult and it is now logistically impossible and unsafe to continue,” Jungle CEO Jason Burrows tells If.

“We’re lucky to have partners in the ABC, Screen Australia, Screen Nsw and BBC Studios who have been very supportive. I just hope the government will provide some financial relief to those in need in our team, and the wider industry, while they are out of work.”

Hoodlum Entertainment called a halt
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Script veteran Anthony Ellis joins Screentime, Noel Mpofu promoted

Script veteran Anthony Ellis joins Screentime, Noel Mpofu promoted
Noel Mpofu and Anthony Ellis.

Seasoned writer and script executive Anthony Ellis has joined Screentime in the newly created role of head of scripted.

Ellis will work alongside head of production (scripted) Kerrie Mainwaring at the Banijay-owned production company headed by CEO Rory Callaghan.

Also at Screentime, chief financial officer Noel Mpofu has been promoted to chief operating officer. Earlier Screentime executive producer Johnny Lowry was upped to head of non-scripted.

These moves follow the retirement late last year of executive chairman Bob Campbell.

A former head of scripted content at Fremantle and Wentworth script executive, Ellis’ most recent credit was writing an episode of Breathless, Fremantle’s four-part thriller created by Neighbours executive producer Jason Herbison for Network 10 and the UK’s Channel 5.

Ellis said: “I am delighted to join Screentime and look forward to helping secure and build on its legacy of innovative, compelling and hugely popular drama.
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François Truffaut’s ‘Bonnie and Clyde’: How the French New Wave Legend Nearly Directed the Iconic Film

François Truffaut’s ‘Bonnie and Clyde’: How the French New Wave Legend Nearly Directed the Iconic Film
François Truffaut was a revered member of the French New Wave, but few people know about the filmmaker’s longtime friend and colleague, Helen Scott. Serge Toubiana, the president of Unifrance and the former director of the Cinematheque Française, aims to change that with his new book. “The American Friend,” which will be published by Albertine Books in March 2020, tracks the life of Scott in New York and Paris as the writer and translator played a key role in Truffaut’s career.

At one point, that included her insistence that Truffaut direct “Bonnie and Clyde” at the height of his popularity. While Arthur Penn eventually directed the seminal 1967 film, the history of Truffaut’s involvement in the project is retold in this exclusive excerpt — entitled “The Bonnie and Clyde Hypothesis” — from Toubiana’s book, translated into English for IndieWire.

Helen Scott was given the film treatment for “Bonnie and Clyde” by Eleanor Wright-Jones,
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Women Rule Cannes Film Festival 2020 Selection Committee

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Women Rule Cannes Film Festival 2020 Selection Committee
Cannes Film Festival 2020 leaders have unveiled the selection committee for this year’s edition, running May 12 through May 23. Last year, the festival revealed its committee for the first time, and it included four women, three of whom return this year. The committee now includes five women, dominating the list of participants. The announcement was made by Thierry Frémaux (the festival’s General Delegate), Christian Jeune (Director of the Film Department and Deputy General Delegate), and Stéphanie Lamome See the selection committee members below. Bios come courtesy of the Cannes Film Festival.

Last year’s Cannes made strides in the representation of films by female directors throughout the lineups — including four out of the 21 films in the Official Selection. Also of note last year, Mati Diop became not only the first black female filmmaker to have a film play in the main competition, she also went on to win the festival’s jury prize.
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Cannes Film Festival unveils 2020 selection committee

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This year’s committee includes Virginie Apiou, Paul Grandsard, Laurent Jacob and Johanna Nahon.

The Cannes Film Festival has unveiled its selection committee for its 72nd edition, which runs May 12-23.

The committee was selected by general delegate Thierry Frémaux, film department director Christian Jeune and artistic advisor of the film department Stéphanie Lamome ((a member of the selection committee for 10 years).

This year’s committee has nine members, up by one from last year. Seven of the members are the same; script doctor and producer Johanna Nahon and film journalist Caroline Veunac are the new members, with Marie Sauvion no longer a member.
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Birds of Prey, Black Mask, and Queer-Coded Villains

Birds of Prey, Black Mask, and Queer-Coded Villains
Delia Harrington Feb 13, 2020

For a mostly progressive film, Birds of Prey's choice to queer code villains Roman Sionis and Victor Zsasz is an odd and problematic one.

Ewan McGregor’s Ramon Sionis, Aka Black Mask, has received near-universal praise for his performance as the intense, megalomaniacal villain in Birds of Prey, while Chris Messina’s Victor Zsasz has been applauded for a role deviating from his usual leading man fare. The pair have an obsessive dynamic where one feeds off of the other, though from scene to scene it’s unclear who is the parasite and who is the host.

Another fixture of this critical appraisal? Descriptors like flamboyant, campy and preening. The Chicago Sun-Times hits him with “flashy...preening and pouting.” Rolling Stone describes Zsasz as Sionis’s “boytoy.” That Star dropped any pretense and called him Liberace. That is to say, even those who aren’t explicitly
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How Canadian Songwriter William Prince Found Resilience and Hope on New Album ‘Reliever’

How Canadian Songwriter William Prince Found Resilience and Hope on New Album ‘Reliever’
William Prince is in a better spot right now than when he started writing songs for his latest album. Grappling with the death of his father and the dissolution of a long-term relationship, the Juno-winning Canadian singer-songwriter — who turned heads with the swooning “Breathless” in 2018 — buckled down and started working on new songs. It was a survival strategy that turned out to be a prediction of the future.

“It was a way to slow time down, slow everything down, and focus on what I’m feeling about it and how to express it,
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32 Great Movies That Received Zero Oscar Nominations (Photos)

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32 Great Movies That Received Zero Oscar Nominations (Photos)
The 2020 Oscars produced a record four films that all received at least 10 nominations. While it created a wide-open field, it also meant great movies like “The Farewell,” “Hustlers,” “Midsommar” and more were completely snubbed. And believe us, there have been some bad movies nominated for plenty of Oscars in the past. And while we could go all day naming movies that have been unfairly overlooked by The Academy for one reason or another, these near classics feel like they should’ve been awards season shoo-ins and yet ultimately received no Oscar love at all.

King Kong” (1933)

It was the quintessential monster movie of the era and was a landmark for special effects, but the Academy handed it zero nominations.

Modern Times” (1936)

Many of Charlie Chaplin’s silent masterpieces predate the Oscars, but the Academy didn’t take the chance to nominate his final turn as The Tramp. Chaplin himself wouldn
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South Korea’s ‘Parasite’ Crashes the Subtitles Barrier

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South Korea’s ‘Parasite’ Crashes the Subtitles Barrier
Change sounds like this: South Korean director Bong Joon Ho accepted his foreign film award for “Parasite” at the Golden Globes, saying: “Once you overcome the 1-inch-tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.”

Bong’s statement echoes Alfonso Cuarón’s comments last year when he took the foreign-language Oscar for “Roma”: “I grew up watching foreign-language films and learning so much from them — films like ‘Citizen Kane,’ ‘Jaws,’ ‘Rashomon,’ ‘The Godfather’ and ‘Breathless.’ ”

With “Parasite,” which has had the expansive theatrical run denied to Netflix’s “Roma,” subtitles haven’t stalled box office. 2019’s highest-grossing foreign-language film broke records with a $393,000 opening weekend at three theaters. It bested the per-screen average record last set by “La La Land,” and claimed the biggest-ever opening for an international film in the U.S.

All told, it has accumulated a $25 million domestic gross. Internationally, it crossed the $100 million mark,
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The Oscar for Best Director doesn’t go to … 5 legendary filmmakers

The Oscar for Best Director doesn’t go to … 5 legendary filmmakers
With the Academy Awards just around the corner, it’s time to talk about the “who didn’ts” — the actors who never won an Oscas, let alone received a nomination-as well as classic films that never saw Oscar gold. And there are plenty of who didn’t filmmakers. Countless legendary directors didn’t win Oscars or even earn nominations.

Martin Scorsese, who is one of the most influential, acclaimed directors of the past 50 years has only won for directing 2006’s Best Picture winner “The Departed.” Though his 1976 masterpiece “Taxi Driver” was nominated for Best Picture, he didn’t earn an Oscar nomination for Best Director. He first got his first directing nomination for his 1980 masterwork “Raging Bull,” but lost to Robert Redford for “Ordinary People.”

Scorsese has received a lot of Oscar love. As far as producing, writing and directing, he’s received 14 nominations. And this year, he’s nominated
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Maria Trần calls the shots in ‘Echo 8’

Maria Trần ready for action in ‘Echo 8’.

Actress, filmmaker, martial artist and fight coordinator Maria Trần had long wanted to direct a film but nobody asked her, so she decided to self-fund, co-produce, direct and star in Echo 8.

In the midst of a hectic 11-day shoot in Sydney’s Western suburbs, she is playing a highly trained assassin in the psychological thriller scripted by her sister Elizabeth H. Vu.

Her character code-named Echo 8 grew up in a dysfunctional family, runs away, gets kidnapped and is then raised in the underworld as an assassin. The twist: She has no memory of her previous life.

Takashi Hara plays Agent 5, Echo 8’s boss and mentor, with David Vuong as fellow agent Delta 1, Mike Leeder as her nemesis Z12 and Gabby Chan as Hanh. The DOPs are Adam McPhilbin and Nancy Trieu.

It’s the first feature from Phoenix Eye Film & Media Production,
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Book Review: "Hitchcock And Humor: Modes Of Comedy In Twelve Defining Films"" By Wes D. Gehring; McFarland Publishing

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“Hitchcock And Humor: Modes Of Comedy In Twelve Defining Films” by Wes D. Gehring

(McFarland; Isbn 978-1-4766-7356-1 print; 978-1-4766-3621-4 e-book; $39.95 retail)

“The Master Of Dark Comedy”

By Raymond Benson

Just about anything with film historian and media writer Wes D. Gehring’s name on it will be of quality. A professor of telecommunications at Ball State University in Indiana and author of the regular column “The Reel World” in USA Today magazine, Gehring has distinguished himself as an expert on comedy—especially as it has been utilized in the cinema.

Among Gehring’s several books that explore humor in film are tomes on Chaplin, the Marx Brothers, Leo McCarey, Laurel and Hardy, Carole Lombard, W. C. Fields, and Frank Capra, as well as topical studies on dark comedy and screwball comedy.

Now comes Hitchcock and Humor, which evaluates the notion that the filmmaker who
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Alexandre Desplat on Pushing the Boundaries With ‘Little Women’

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Alexandre Desplat on Pushing the Boundaries With ‘Little Women’
The slate of awards hopefuls is new each year, but there is always a sense of continuity, of new contenders’ connections to the past.

For example, Alexandre Desplat, a strong Golden Globes and Oscar possibility this year for his score to Sony’s “Little Women,” can trace the influence of his predecessors on his work. Growing up in Paris, Desplat knew he wanted to be a film composer. “When I was very young, I was collecting soundtracks and it was an education. I learned to listen to music outside the film. When home video arrived, I would watch a movie over and over, to figure out when the music started and when it stopped and why.

“I listened to Nino Rota, Ennio Morricone, John Barry, Maurice Jarre. And my parents had earlier scores, by George Duning, Bernard Herrmann and many others. I was also very much into the earlier Hollywood composers: Max Steiner,
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Film News Roundup: Penn Badgley Joins Billy Crystal, Tiffany Haddish in ‘Here Today’

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Film News Roundup: Penn Badgley Joins Billy Crystal, Tiffany Haddish in ‘Here Today’
In today’s film news roundup, Freida Lee Mock gets a lifetime honor, Isabelle Fuhrman and Penn Badgley get cast, AFI is unveiling rare footage of Alfred Hitchcock, and a faith-based baseball drama and a spy comedy get release dates. Career Honor The International Documentary Association has selected Freida Lee Mock as the recipient of its career achievement award, to be presented at the 35th Annual Ida Documentary Awards on Dec. 7 at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. Mock has been nominated for five Academy Awards, winning for “Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision” in the documentary feature category. She received short subject nominations for “To Live or Let Die,” “Rose Kennedy: A Life to Remember,” “Never Give Up” and “Sing!” Mock’s television credits include the 2013 documentary “Anita” and Emmy winner “Lillian Gish: The Actor’s Life for Me.” Emmy nominated filmmaker Rachel Lears will be honored with the Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award.
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The Split Personality of a Classic: Close-Up on Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho"

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Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960) is showing October 4 – November 2, 2019 on Mubi in several countries as part of the double feature Original Vs. Remake.Perhaps appropriately, Psycho is a schizophrenic film.That statement refers to its form, not only the narrative form that divides it in two and changes the focus of interest from an emotionally beleaguered secretary fleeing with stolen money to the aftermath of her murder and the troubled motel keeper who is seen to be covering up his mother’s crimes, but more profoundly to the specific way this narrative is constructed and the reasons behind it. For though it is a movie intended for commercial success (like any Alfred Hitchcock work), Psycho is also, daringly, an experimental film and is best appreciated that way. The question is whether this experiment works—and the answer to that is complex. For this, we need to look to both the formal
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October 1st Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Anna And The Apocalypse, The House Of Hitchcock Collection, Itsy Bitsy, The Prey

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It is a glorious week to be a horror fan, because we have a ton of amazing Blu-rays and DVDs heading home on Tuesday. And while there’s a lot to be excited about, on a personal note, I’m beyond thrilled that Anna and the Apocalypse is finally getting a tangible home media release, because I feel like I’ve been waiting forever to add a copy of John McPhail’s delightful musical to my own collection of movies.

Beyond that, the amazing-looking House of Hitchcock Collection arrives this Tuesday, and looks to be a must-own set for any Alfred Hitchcock fans out there. Kino Lorber is showing some love to Nightmare Beach this week with their special edition release, and Arrow Video has put together a much-deserved limited edition set for The Prey as well. We also have a few genre favorites making their 4K Ultra HD debut this week: The Shining,
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Universal announces The House of Hitchcock Collection Blu-ray box set

Universal has announced the upcoming release of The House of Hitchcock Collection, a rather splendid-looking Blu-ray box set containing fifteen of the Master of Suspense’s Hollywood features, ten TV episodes, and a host of special features – all packaged in the iconic Psycho house.

Included in The House of Hitchcock Collection are Saboteur (1942), Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Rope (1948), Rear Window (1954), The Trouble with Harry (1955), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), Vertigo (1958), North by Northwest (1959), Psycho (1960), The Birds (1963), Marnie (1964), Torn Curtain (1966), Topaz (1969), Frenzy (1972) and Family Plot (1976), while bonus features include:

• 7 TV Episodes from Alfred Hitchcock Presents• 3 TV Episodes from The Alfred Hitchcock Hour• Documentaries• Expert (Audio) Commentaries• Interviews• Screen Tests

The House of Hitchcock Collection will go on sale on October 1st.

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House of Hitchcock Blu-ray Collection Packaged in the Psycho House Is Coming in October

October 1st can't come fast enough as Universal is set to release The House of Hitchcock Collection limited Blu-ray set. The set will contain 15 iconic Alfred Hitchcock movies from the acclaimed director's illustrious career including Psycho, The Birds, Rear Window, Vertigo and North by Northwest, 7 episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, 3 episodes of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour and over 15 hours of bonus features. Limited edition extras include blueprints of the infamous Psycho house, movie poster art cards for all the films, a booklet about Hitchcock's work, all housed inside a replica of the Psycho house.

The House of Hitchcock blu-ray set movies:Saboteur (1942)Shadow of a Doubt (1943)Rope (1948)Rear Window (1954)The Trouble with Harry (1955)The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)Vertigo (1958)North by Northwest (1959)Psycho (1960)The Birds (1963)Marnie (1964)Torn Curtain (1966)Topaz (1969)Frenzy (1972)Family Plot (1976)

The House of Hitchcock blu-ray set extras:&#8226 7 TV Episodes from Alfred Hitchcock Presents&#8226 3 TV Episodes from The
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The Abyss at 30: why James Cameron's sci-fi epic is really about love

The director’s underwater folly might have flopped on release in 1989 but in the years since, various new cuts have granted it many more lives

James Cameron’s The Abyss was released in theaters on 9 August 1989. Exactly three months later, the Berlin Wall was demolished, putting a symbolic end to the Soviet bloc and the decades-long tensions that went along with it. It’s easy to forgot how closely these two events coincided, perhaps because Cameron’s films have always seemed directed toward the future, deploying technologies that wouldn’t take hold in the industry for years later. But The Abyss is as old to us now as Alfred Hitchcock’s North By Northwest or Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot was to audiences in 1989, and it is the product of a generation that grew up fearing nuclear annihilation. Expected it, even.

Related: The 'Burbs at 30: how the
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