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Racing Green Pictures to Launch With Gugu Mbatha-Raw Historical Drama ‘Seacole’ (Exclusive)

Racing Green Pictures to Launch With Gugu Mbatha-Raw Historical Drama ‘Seacole’ (Exclusive)
Producer Billy Peterson has formed a new production company, Racing Green Pictures, and announced production on “Seacole,” his first feature with the banner.

The film will star Gugu Mbatha-Raw (“Belle”) and Sam Worthington (“Avatar”). It centers on a Mary Seacole, a pioneering Jamaican nurse who cared for wounded British soldiers during the Crimean War and found herself at odds with Florence Nightingale.

Racing Green Pictures says it is looking to back prestige films, many of which will have strong social messages. Peterson, the producer of the documentary “Shenandoah” and the dramedy “Ping Pong Summer,” also founded and led several film related entities such as Epic Match Media.

Along with Mbatha-Raw and Worthington, the cast includes Sylvia Hoeks (“Blade Runner: 2049”) and Sean Delaney (“Killing Eve”). Charlie Stratton (“In Secret”) directs from a screenplay he co-wrote with Dianne Houston (“Take the Lead”) and Marnie Dickens (“Ripper Street”). Academy Award nominee Brunson Green
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National Geographic Adds ‘The Cave’ to Crowded Documentary Oscar Race — Exclusive

National Geographic Adds ‘The Cave’ to Crowded Documentary Oscar Race — Exclusive
National Geographic has added Feras Fayyad’s “The Cave,” the latest non-fiction effort from the director of the Oscar-nominated “Last Men in Aleppo,” to its 2019 feature documentary slate. The new film will be released in theaters this fall and compete in an increasingly crowded documentary feature field for the Oscar.

“The Cave” unveils the harrowing true story of an underground Syrian hospital and the team of civilians and medical professionals led by women who risk their lives to provide medical care to the besieged local population.

The film follows 30-year-old Dr. Amani, an aspiring pediatrician forced to end her studies and medical training due to the war in Syria, as she becomes the appointed leader of a team of 130 medical practitioners in the secret hospital serving the 400,000 civilians of the besieged city of Al Ghouta from 2012 to 2018. Due to the nonstop onslaught of conventional and chemical warfare, brutalized and displaced
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‘Years and Years’ Review: HBO’s Cautionary Drama Only Really Works as a Black Comedy

‘Years and Years’ Review: HBO’s Cautionary Drama Only Really Works as a Black Comedy
The greatest trick of “Years and Years,” Russell T. Davies’ decades-spanning limited series examining the dangerous political and cultural trends taking over the world, is that it’s not really about the future at all. Despite its title and steady march through the 2020s — each episode jumps forward a few years, checking in on the fracturing lives of a big British family — every issue examined should bring even the most oblivious viewers back to the present. “Hey, isn’t there an immigration crisis going on right now?” “I could’ve sworn the TV in the bar said something about a financial meltdown?” “Are we actually worried about nukes going off, or was that just an episode of ‘Chernobyl’?”

But within this shrewd way to talk about immediate worldwide political issues without coming across as either an edifying college professor or a nagging crackpot, there’s a problem. Each member of
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A Look at Emmy Nomination Season’s Best Fyc Events

As the voting period for this season’s Emmy nominations draws to a close, it’s the perfect opportunity to look back over months of For Your Consideration events to determine which festivities outstripped the rest.

Take, for example, the soiree HBO held for “Deadwood: The Movie,” wherein events celebrating the series were held on consecutive nights at Hollywood’s famed Cinerama dome. That means that the premiere cable provider managed to con Timothy Olyphant and Ian McShane into showing up to entertain members of the TV Academy and press, once for the film’s premiere and again for the official Fyc event.

Here’s a collection of other dynamite displays put on to promote the best that television has to offer during Emmy season.
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“There’s Something to Be Said for Eliminating Variables and Keeping Things Simplistic”: Dp Mike Gioulakis on the Doppelgängers of Us

In Jordan Peele’s Us, a middle class family returns home from a day at the beach to find themselves under siege by murderous doppelgängers clad in red jumpsuits and wielding scissors. Instead of leaning primarily on face replacements, compositing and other post production tricks, cinematographer Mike Gioulakis emphasized clever camera placement and the use of doubles to create the illusion of Lupita Nyong’o and her clan battling their alter egos. With Us hitting Blu-ray and other home entertainment platforms last week, Gioulakis walked Filmmaker through some of the film’s most memorable shots. Filmmaker: Since we spoke for It Follows, you’ve shot two M. Night […]
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“There’s Something to Be Said for Eliminating Variables and Keeping Things Simplistic”: Dp Mike Gioulakis on the Doppelgängers of Us

In Jordan Peele’s Us, a middle class family returns home from a day at the beach to find themselves under siege by murderous doppelgängers clad in red jumpsuits and wielding scissors. Instead of leaning primarily on face replacements, compositing and other post production tricks, cinematographer Mike Gioulakis emphasized clever camera placement and the use of doubles to create the illusion of Lupita Nyong’o and her clan battling their alter egos. With Us hitting Blu-ray and other home entertainment platforms last week, Gioulakis walked Filmmaker through some of the film’s most memorable shots. Filmmaker: Since we spoke for It Follows, you’ve shot two M. Night […]
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Kino Lorber Speaks Out After David Lynch Bashes ‘Lost Highway’ Blu-ray Release

Kino Lorber Speaks Out After David Lynch Bashes ‘Lost Highway’ Blu-ray Release
Kino Lorber has issued a response to David Lynch’s recent criticism of distributor’s upcoming Blu-ray release of his “Lost Highway.” The indie operation is behind the first-ever Blu-ray release of Lynch’s 1997 mystery thriller starring Bill Pullman and Patricia Arquette. Lynch took to his Twitter page June 22 to publicly criticize the Kino Lorber release, set for June 25.

“Dear Twitter Friends,” Lynch wrote over the weekend. “A Blu-ray of ‘Lost Highway’ will be released very soon. It was made from old elements and Not from a restoration of the original negative. I hope that a version from the restoration of the original negative will happen as soon as possible.”

Kino Lorber originally advertised the Blu-ray as a restoration of the original “Lost Highway” negative, and in a new statement reacting to Lynch’s criticism the company said the legendary writer-director was originally on board with the plan.

As Kino Lorber explains in its statement,
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‘Annabelle Comes Home’ Review: The Best ‘Conjuring’ Spin-Off Brings John Hughes to the Usual Horror Routine

Marvel and Star Wars delivered the biggest event movies of the past decade, but “The Conjuring” franchise has churned along with more confidence and consistency than either of them. James Wan’s 2013 entry set the template in motion, with real-life demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) providing a backdrop for endless jump scares. Having grossed upwards of $1.6 billion, “The Conjuring” universe has proven that sometimes, the most lucrative ideas require less CGI wizardry than spooky silence, and the lingering possibility that something terrifying could break it.

Well, that, and one helluva spooky doll. Annabelle, one of several horror tropes laying within the Warrens’ cabinet of paranormal monstrosities, showed the potential to carry her own creepy spin-off from the very first scene of “The Conjuring.” With “Annabelle” and prequel “Annabelle: Creation,” the stationary figure became a gateway for demonic forces seeking the souls of young children. “Annabelle Comes Home
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‘Annabelle Comes Home’: A Charming Teen Horror Throwback That Doesn’t Break The Tired ‘Conjuring’ Mold [Review]

The great blessing and curse of “The Conjuring” Cinematic Universe is its EC Comics-style of anthology storytelling. Standalone stories based on creepy totems or spooky entities is a refreshing way to continue a horror movie franchise without going down the rabbit hole of demystifying the very thing that made the original film connect in the first place.

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Sadly, there’s also a familiar, regurgitated downside to the approach—floors creak, objects float, loud noises crash, and large, empty spaces on one side of the frame become occupied when the camera pans over and back—that make these films feel indistinguishable from one another.

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‘The Investigation’ Live Stream: How to Watch Star-Studded Mueller Report Reading Online

‘The Investigation’ Live Stream: How to Watch Star-Studded Mueller Report Reading Online
A group of celebrated actors will bring a little life to the Mueller Report later today with a special one-night-only live reading. The reading will feature selected excerpts from the special counsel’s report, which bears the onerous official title “Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election.” With a little direction and a lot of famous names, Annette Bening, Kevin Kline, and John Lithgow will bring the words of the report to life.

They headline a stacked cast that also includes Justin Long, Piper Perabo, Michael Shannon, Jason Alexander, Gina Gershon, Wilson Cruz, Joel Grey, Alyssa Milano, Kyra Sedgwick, Alfre Woodard, and Zachary Quinto, Frederick Weller, Ben McKenzie, Noah Emmerich, and Aidan Quinn. As if that weren’t enough of a draw, Sigourney Weaver, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Mark Hamill will also make brief appearances.

The event is titled “The Investigation: A Search for the Truth in Ten Acts,
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AT&T Shape: Virtual Reality Has Potential, But the Skepticism Is Well-Earned

Virtual reality has been hyped as the next big thing in entertainment for years, but consumers haven’t been quite as eager as companies to invest in the technology.

Businesses continue spend billions of dollars on virtual reality hardware and programs and see it as an industry game changer, which is why virtual reality and other high-tech immersive experiences were a major draw at the fourth annual AT&T Shape, a tech and entertainment expo that was held at Warner Bros. Studios over the weekend. The event hosted a variety of virtual reality films, television shows, video games, and other high-tech experiences, and several of the exhibitions showed that the technology genuinely has the potential to drive the entertainment industry forward.

That said, virtual reality has been a source of significant skepticism for years, and demonstrations of the technology at AT&T Shape showed that mainstream consumers should continue waiting for
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‘The Other Two’ Creators Reveal the Justin Theroux Jokes That Didn’t Make the Cut

‘The Other Two’ Creators Reveal the Justin Theroux Jokes That Didn’t Make the Cut
Justin Theroux has been shown to have a good sense of humor about many aspects of his persona, and in the latest tribute, it’s his interior decorating that’s targeted.

Comedy Central’s showbiz satire “The Other Two” takes on pop culture and the concept of fame in a biting yet affectionate way. Look no further than its treatment of “The Leftovers” star Justin Theroux, or as one character identifies him: “Lego Ninjago.” Although the actor doesn’t appear in the series, a version of his apartment does.

In the series, adult siblings Cary and Brooke Dubek are struggling with their careers when their 13-year-old brother Chase Dreams (Case Walker) becomes a viral singing sensation overnight and begins a media tour to capitalize on his fame. Their mother Pat (Molly Shannon) goes along for the ride, and they end up bunking at Theroux’s New York apartment since Chase
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George Clooney To Star In & Direct Sci-Fi Thriller “Good Morning, Midnight” For Netflix

George Clooney To Star In & Direct Sci-Fi Thriller “Good Morning, Midnight” For Netflix
Netflix has nabbed yet another high-profile film from a major filmmaker. This time, the streaming service has signed none other than Oscar-nominated George Clooney to star in and direct a sci-fi thriller, titled “Good Morning, Midnight.”

According to Deadline, Clooney is set to star in, produce, and direct the film, “Good Morning, Midnight,” which is based on the novel by Lily Brooks-Dalton.

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‘I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson’ Is the Best Sketch Series on TV

Watching the viral buzz surrounding Netflix’s hilarious new series “I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson” spread to every corner of the internet was a delight. Released April 23, the sketch show headlined by the aforementioned “Saturday Night Live” writer slowly picked up speed on Twitter, with users chattering about how Bart Harvey Jarvis is a terrible baby and how Paul has no good car ideas, mystifying anyone not wise to the delightfully bizarro mind of Robinson.

The central theme of each sketch appearing in the six episodes of the show’s first season — Netflix picked up “Itysl” for a second season on June 19 — is that each one is too much. They’re each too loud, too obnoxious, too extreme, too uncomfortable, and ultimately, way too funny. But Robinson isn’t an idiot. He understands that comedy is a delicate balance and to walk that line, you need to know when to pull back.
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‘Batman’ Writer Says Steven Seagal Was Considered As Possible Bruce Wayne In Tim Burton’s 1989 Film

Over the weekend, the world celebrated the 30th anniversary of one of the godfathers of the superhero film genre, 1989’s “Batman.” Directed by Tim Burton, and starring Michael Keaton, “Batman” was the first true attempt at a serious, comic book-accurate take on the Caped Crusader and was one of the biggest hits of the year, launching everyone involved into superstardom. But in a new interview, one of the screenwriters of the film pulls the curtain back a little and gives us a peek at what might have been.

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Taika Waititi Attached to Animated ‘Flash Gordon’ Movie From Disney-Fox

Taika Waititi Attached to Animated ‘Flash Gordon’ Movie From Disney-Fox
Thor: Ragnarok” director Taika Waititi has signed onto “Flash Gordon,” as an animated feature film project from Disney-Fox. It is not known yet whether he will write, direct, or both. Deadline first broke the news.

Waititi is currently in post-production on his sure-to-be-controversial Adolf Hitler satire “Jojo Rabbit,” adapted from the novel by Christine Leunens. The story follows a Hitler youth who discovers his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their attic, prompting him to address his nationalistic ideals through his friendship with an imaginary Hitler, played by Waititi. Starring Thomasin McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell and Rebel Wilson, the Fox Searchlight dark comedy hits theaters on October 18.

Last fall, Deadline reported that Fox had hired “Overlord” director Julius Avery to write and direct a “Flash Gordon” movie, after having previously negotiated in 2015 with “Kingsman” director Matthew Vaughn. That was before the Disney-Fox merger, however, and the project now
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David Lynch & Kino Lorber Voice Frustrations With Each Other Over Troubled Blu-Ray Release Of ‘Lost Highway’

David Lynch is one of the best filmmakers of all time, without a doubt. But he’s also one of the more difficult filmmakers around, as well. No offense to the director, but Lynch has never been one to bite his tongue or hold back opinions when it comes to his work and the work of those around him. And when it comes to his own films, the writer-director clearly has his own thoughts about how they should be released.

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Studio Ghibli Dominates China as First ‘Spirited Away’ Screenings Outgross ‘Toy Story 4’

Studio Ghibli Dominates China as First ‘Spirited Away’ Screenings Outgross ‘Toy Story 4’
Hayao Miyazaki’s Oscar winner “Spirited Away” may be 18 years old, but that didn’t stop it from dominating the China box office over the June 21-23 weekend. The 2001 animated adventure film opened for the first time in Chinese movie theaters to a massive $28 million haul (via Variety), over double the $13.2 million Disney/Pixar made with the opening of the highly-anticipated “Toy Story 4.” That a new Pixar outing was dominated by a nearly two-decade old Miyazaki film speaks to Studio’s Ghibli’s widespread popularity in China.

Miyazaki’s 1988 fantasy film “My Neighbor Totoro” was the first Studio Ghibli movie to receive a theatrical release in China when it debuted in theaters last December. The film made $13 million on its opening weekend and ended its run with $26 million. The “Spirited Away” opening in China managed to outgross the entire run of “Totoro,” another remarkable feat for Studio Ghibli.

Spirited Away
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Barry Jenkins Talks Netflix/Streaming & Explains Why He Bought A ‘Moonlight’ Bootleg DVD In Mexico

The discussion about whether or not the film industry’s streaming future means the death of the traditional theater-going experience has been raging on for years, and will likely continue to do so in the immediate future. As Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Apple, Disney, and other companies begin filling up their libraries with major, big-budget films, the public’s desire to leave their home to watch a film gets lessened more and more. But not all filmmakers are troubled by this.

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‘Paris Is Burning’: ‘Pose’ Writers and Creators Reflect on Landmark Documentary

‘Paris Is Burning’: ‘Pose’ Writers and Creators Reflect on Landmark Documentary
For generations of queer people and people of color, “Paris Is Burning” offered a rare glimpse of a more colorful and love-filled future than they ever could have imagined. Jennie Livingston’s seminal 1990 documentary chronicled New York’s ballroom scene in the mid-to-late ’80s, introducing the world to vogueing, reading, shade, house culture, and a rich tapestry of the magnetic drag queens, trans women, and queer street kids who give the film its palpable magic.

Paris Is Burning” was a massive critical hit, winning both the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 1991 as well as the Teddy Award for Best Documentary from the Berlinale. Nearly 30 years after “Paris Is Burning” first struck a pose in the cultural milieu, a new restoration of the queer cinema classic has been re-released in select theaters this month. However, with great success comes great scrutiny; over the years, “Paris Is Burning” has walked more
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