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‘Cyrano, My Love’: Is A Delightful Look At The Creation Of A Classic [Review]

‘Cyrano, My Love’: Is A Delightful Look At The Creation Of A Classic [Review]
When “Cyrano De Bergerac” first appeared on the stage in Paris, it seemed like a gift from God in an era of canting comedies. Who could have guessed that this failed playwright could write an overnight success literally overnight? No one, apparently. In 19th century Paris, people mocked Edmond Rostand for performing poetry. “Write a comedy!” they told him. And so he did. The journey that follows his path to writing high-brow humor, “Cyrano, My Love,” seems like a gift from God in an era of standard-issue biopics.

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“It Was a Story that Played Out Almost as a Psychological Thriller and Yet it was True”: Ed Perkins on Tell Me Who I Am

Tell Me Who I Am, the Telluride-premiering feature from Academy Award-nominated (for Best Documentary Short Subject) director Ed Perkins, digs into the stranger-than-fiction saga of Alex Lewis, one half of an identical set of twins, who at the age of 18 lost his memory in a motorcycle accident. Upon awakening from a coma the only person Alex was able to recognize was his brother Marcus — the mirror image he would come to rely on to relearn pretty much everything, from the mundane (down to brushing his teeth) to his very sense of self. In turn, Marcus devotes himself wholeheartedly […]
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“It Was a Story that Played Out Almost as a Psychological Thriller and Yet it was True”: Ed Perkins on Tell Me Who I Am

Tell Me Who I Am, the Telluride-premiering feature from Academy Award-nominated (for Best Documentary Short Subject) director Ed Perkins, digs into the stranger-than-fiction saga of Alex Lewis, one half of an identical set of twins, who at the age of 18 lost his memory in a motorcycle accident. Upon awakening from a coma the only person Alex was able to recognize was his brother Marcus — the mirror image he would come to rely on to relearn pretty much everything, from the mundane (down to brushing his teeth) to his very sense of self. In turn, Marcus devotes himself wholeheartedly […]
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‘Tremors’ Trailer: Jayro Bustamante Returns With Drama Centered on Gay Man Caught Between Faith and Family

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‘Tremors’ Trailer: Jayro Bustamante Returns With Drama Centered on Gay Man Caught Between Faith and Family
Guatemalan writer-director Jayro Bustamante broke out with the 2015 drama “Ixcanul,” set on an active volcano. Here he returns with “Tremors” (the English translation of “Temblores”), equally volcanic in its emotional insight about an affluent, religious family torn asunder after patriarch Pablo (Juan Pablo Olyslager) reveals that he’s been in a relationship with another man. Below, check out the first trailer.

Here’s the rest of the synopsis of the film, which is being distributed by Film Movement in the U.S. on November 29:

“What follows is a tale of passionate romance, immense inner conflict, and devastating tragedy. Separated from his wife, his children, and his life of Evangelical tradition, Pablo initially finds a sense of freedom. But how long can he sustain this new and exciting life when he’s fired from his job and his religious creed begins to take over again? Filled with gorgeous and breathtaking cinematography,
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Francis Ford Coppola Enters The Marvel Debate & Calls The Superhero Franchise “Despicable”

As we enter the 19th month of the pleasant “Is Marvel cinema or not?” conversation—some may call a “debate”— tensions are not high at all, and this is easily one of the most congenial dialogues in some time about whether or not superhero movies that play in the cinema, are indeed cinema, or perhaps some other new breed of product we’ve not yet established.

Read More: Samuel L. Jackson Responds to Martin Scorsese’s Superhero Comments

The argument started with none other than Martin Scorsese, who compared Marvel Studios franchise movies to an invasive species that was ruining film culture.

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‘Jojo Rabbit’ and Nazi Satire: Why It’s So Hard to Mock the Bad Guys, and How to Get It Right

‘Jojo Rabbit’ and Nazi Satire: Why It’s So Hard to Mock the Bad Guys, and How to Get It Right
It’s impossible to address the challenge of Nazi satire without considering “The Day the Clown Cried.” Jerry Lewis’ misbegotten 1972 production found the comedian directing himself as a Jewish entertainer at a concentration camp. To date, the completed work (if it exists at all) has never been seen. Lewis was reportedly ashamed of the project and managed to hide the footage from the world for the remainder of his life. “Jojo Rabbit” is some indication of why Lewis wanted to bury it: It’s no easy task to turn the Holocaust into a punchline.

There’s a difference between confronting evil and actually dismantling its assumptions. For all the good intentions of “Jojo Rabbit,” Taika Waititi’s “anti-hate satire” never contends with the Nazism at its core. It would be a different story if the movie, in the grand subversive tradition of “The Producers,” appropriated Nazi iconography by positioning it
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Francis Ford Coppola Says Marvel Movies Are ‘Despicable’

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Another day, another disgruntled auteur shitting all over the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The latest to join the cinematic fray of esteemed directors who have nothing good to say about the McU is Francis Ford Coppola, who admittedly supports Martin Scorsese’s recent comments condemning the superhero franchise to death.

“When Martin Scorsese says that the Marvel pictures are not cinema, he’s right because we expect to learn something from cinema, we expect to gain something, some enlightenment, some knowledge, some inspiration…I don’t know that anyone gets anything out of seeing the same movie over and over again,” the 80-year-old filmmaker said, according to Yahoo! News. “Martin was kind when he said it’s not cinema. He didn’t say it’s despicable, which I just say it is.”

Coppola spoke while on hand to receive a lifetime achievement award at the just-concluding Lumière Festival in Lyon, France.
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The Curtain Rises On A New Trailer for HBO’s ‘The Apollo’

The Apollo Theater is the stuff of legend. Many artists dream their whole lives of playing it, but never catch of glimpse of it. For those of us still left wondering about the inner workings of the Apollo Theater, HBO’s “The Apollo” has us taken care of.

Read More: 2019 Fall Preview: The 45 Most Anticipated Films

Oscar and Emmy-winning director Roger Ross Williams tells the story of the legendary Harlem theater that spans 85 years.

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‘Looking for Alaska’ Soundtrack: Listen to All the Songs from the Hulu Show and Travel Back to 2006

Long before a “Class of 2006” banner pops up in “Looking for Alaska,” it’s pretty clear what year the new Hulu show’s characters are living through. Some of that comes from the on-screen MySpace references or the relative state of DVD menu design, but most of that mid-’00s feel comes from the show’s song choices.

As has become standard for shows created by the producing team of Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, the “Looking for Alaska” soundtrack is packed with a mix of cozy radio favorites — no chronicle of 2005 would be complete without The White Stripes and 50 Cent and Gorillaz and Jet and J-Kwon and The Killers — and below-the-surface cuts that might just end up linked with some of the series’ most emotional moments.

In addition to some of the most iconic tracks of the day, there are also a handful of covers of some enduring recognizable favorites.
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‘Jay And Silent Bob Reboot’ Flirts With Heartfelt Maturity, But Can’t Resist The Dumb Dick Jokes [Review]

What are our children, if not reboots of ourselves? This is the type of question stoners may ponder deep into the night and probably the situation Kevin Smith found himself in while formulating the storyline for his new sequel/reboot/remake/satire/parody/pothead comedy, “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot.” And when the holds the attention on this central theme, Smith’s latest comedy actually rises above the director’s own sophomoric, ridiculous tendencies. Though not for long.

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Bong Joon Ho Couldn’t See ‘Apocalypse Now’ Until South Korea Lifted Ban, Credits Film as Inspiration

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Bong Joon Ho Couldn’t See ‘Apocalypse Now’ Until South Korea Lifted Ban, Credits Film as Inspiration
Francis Ford Coppola’s ambitious and notoriously troubled anti-Vietnam masterpiece “Apocalypse Now,” released in 1979, no doubt remains a defining moment for both cinephiles and audiences. At the ongoing Lumière Festival in Lyon, France, South Korean director Bong Joon Ho — who currently has a masterpiece of his own on his hands with the now-in-theaters “Parasite” — gushed over the film while onstage to honor Coppola with the festival’s lifetime achievement award.

At the French film festival, which presents restorations and retrospectives of classic films, Bong was joined by a crew of top talent including actress Nathalie Baye and Coppola’s son Roman. Also participating in the tribute to Coppola were famed Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Frémaux and filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier. Bong said that he was unable to see “Apocalypse Now” until 1988, nearly a decade after the film’s release, because it was banned in his native country.

“You actually represent my highest goal,
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Paparazzi Drove Keira Knightley to a Mental Breakdown: ‘I Told Them I Was Going to Kill Somebody’

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Paparazzi Drove Keira Knightley to a Mental Breakdown: ‘I Told Them I Was Going to Kill Somebody’
English actress Keira Knightley, Academy Award-nominated for “Pride & Prejudice” and “The Imitation Game,” understandably did not handle public attention well after the release of her 2003 breakout, Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Or with the many hits that followed. According to a new interview with The Telegraph, Knightley said that at age 22 — with “Love, Actually,” “King Arthur,” and “Atonement” all under her belt — she suffered a “mental breakdown” in the wake of being shadowed by paparazzi.

“The value of photographs of any famous young women at the time went up if they were of a very negative nature,” she told Robbie Collin, in reference to the media circuses that burst around such headline-grabbing stars as Amy Winehouse and Britney Spears. “So if you weren’t already having a mental breakdown, they were trying to push you into doing things that kept your value as high as those who were.
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Disney Eyes Robert Zemeckis To Direct Their ‘Pinocchio’ Adaptation

Ever since Disney launched its plan to release live-action animated new versions of its childhood classics, the studio has effectively been able to print money. Even better for the studio are these films’ resilience against criticism. “Aladdin” may only have a 57% on RottenTomatoes, but it still managed to gross $1.05 billion worldwide. “The Lion King” earn an even worse score at 53%, but that movie grossed a whopping $1.64 billion across the globe.

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Netflix Remains Committed To John Cho After “Freak” ‘Cowboy Bebop’ Accident

For years now, John Cho has been the figurehead for increased Asian-American representation in Hollywood. Handsome, talented, and all-too-aware of the opportunities afforded him (or not) as an actor, it feels like Cho has been deserving of a signature role in a big franchise even as far back as “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle.” And when Netflix cast him as Spike Spiegel in their upcoming adaptation of “Cowboy Bebop,” he accomplished the impossible: he inspired fans to set aside years of frustration and skepticism with the property and give the show a chance.

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Guillermo del Toro on ‘The Shape of Water’ as an Elegy to Lost Love: ‘I Wanted to Make a Love Song’

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Guillermo del Toro on ‘The Shape of Water’ as an Elegy to Lost Love: ‘I Wanted to Make a Love Song’
Mere days after taking home both Best Picture and Best Director Academy Awards for his monster-movie romance “The Shape of Water” in 2018, Mexican auteur Guillermo del Toro announced that he had recently divorced his wife of three decades. As revealed in a new interview with Elijah Wood and Daniel Noah on their indie genre production company SpectreVision’s podcast “Visitations,” the film was, for del Toro, an elegy to lost love and the “transformation” that occurs during marriage, and its fallout.

“I wanted to make a song, a love song,” del Toro said of “The Shape of Water,” which he wrote and directed. “I wanted it to feel like a song that you listen to in the car with the top down on the Pch on the way to the beach, a really beautiful melody. I wanted to say what I think love is, which is very very simple, which
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Sam Raimi Will Direct His First Horror Film Since 2009’s ‘Drag Me To Hell’

Is it possible to miss somebody even though they never left? That’s the question I often ask myself about director Sam Raimi. While the filmmaker hasn’t directed a horror film since 2009’s “Drag Me To Hell,” he’s stayed busy on the backend, helping develop the popular “Ash vs. Evil Dead” television series and backing projects by notable horror filmmakers like Alexandre Aja (“Crawl“) and Fede Álvarez (“Don’t Breathe“).

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David Oyelowo and Jane Lynch Bring Humor and Heft to ‘Inside the Actors Studio’

David Oyelowo and Jane Lynch Bring Humor and Heft to ‘Inside the Actors Studio’
James Lipton may have retired, but his spirit lives on in the new season of “Inside the Actors Stduio.” The brilliant concept — actors and directors discuss their work in front of a live audience of eager young acting students — has attracted countless talents from across genres, including Lauren Bacall, Meryl Streep, Robin Williams, Tom Hanks, and the entire main voice cast of “The Simpsons.”

For the first season sans-Lipton on its new home at Ovation (it previously aired on Bravo), the venerated series is changing up the format: Guests will now be interviewed by fellow actors or directors. The new season includes Laura Dern in conversation with Greta Gerwig; Al Pacino speaking to Ellen Burstyn; and Pedro Pascal interviewing Willem Dafoe. For this Sunday’s episode, “Inside the Actors Studio” has David Oyelowo sitting down with Jane Lynch.

A longtime fan of the series, Lynch jumped at the opportunity to host,
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Ethan Hawke Grows a Beard and Finds a Baby in a Dumpster in ‘Adopt a Highway’ Trailer

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Ethan Hawke Grows a Beard and Finds a Baby in a Dumpster in ‘Adopt a Highway’ Trailer
Ethan Hawke stars as an ex-felon looking to right his wrongs in actor-turned-director Logan Marshall-Green’s behind-the-camera debut, “Adopt a Highway,” which hits theaters and VOD on November 1. Watch the first trailer below.

Here’s the synopsis from Rlje Films: “Russ Millings has just been released from prison after serving 21 years for a third strike conviction for possessing an ounce of marijuana. As he tries to adapt to a world he doesn’t recognize – including trying to learn how to use the internet – he finds an abandoned baby in a dumpster behind the fast food restaurant where he works as a dishwasher. Unsure of what to do, and caught between impulses of kindness and panic, Russ soon realizes this could be his chance at redemption.”

Adopt a Highway” is a Blumhouse production, and director Marshall-Green (best known for starring in films such as “Upgrade” and “The Invitation”) also writes.
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Jared Leto Pressured His Agents To Kill Todd Phillips’s ‘Joker’

If you could go back in time and witness any historical event, what would it be? This is a time-honored question among drunk friends everywhere. For some, the answer is religious; for others, historical. These days, I’m pretty sure my answer would be to throw this incredible gift right out the damn window and go back to the moment Jared Leto sat down to watch Todd Phillips‘s “Joker” for the first time.

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AMC Is Still In the Theater Business, But VOD Is a Funny Way of Showing It

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Was I the only one who found it weird when AMC Theatres announced that it was getting into the streaming business with the launch of AMC Theatres On Demand? When it comes to places to buy and rent movies, we’ve got Apple, Amazon, Fandango, Vudu, Google Play, YouTube, and a few more that I don’t need to remember because it’s too many already.

I also thought it suggested some seriously mixed messaging, but maybe that was just me… until I got a call from an NBC affiliate who wanted to do an interview about AMC’s new streaming service. That seemed like a curious topic for local news; why were they interested? The answer: They wanted to know if it meant AMC was getting out of the theater business.

Of course, AMC is very much dedicated to theatrical business, but this is a funny way of showing it.
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