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‘The Notebook’ Director Nick Cassavetes Boards ‘Have You Seen Her?’

‘The Notebook’ Director Nick Cassavetes Boards ‘Have You Seen Her?’
The Notebook” director Nick Cassavetes has signed on to helm the romantic drama “Have You Seen Her?” from Metalwork Pictures and Paris Film Inc., with shooting set for early next year.

Cassavetes will direct from a script he is co-writing with Paul Johansson. Andrew Levitas will produce for Metalwork Pictures, with his Rogue Black label financing. Rob Paris will produce under his Paris Film banner alongside co-writer Johansson.

Producers are keeping the logline for “Have You Seen Her?” under wraps except for saying that it is an international romance in the vein of “The Notebook,” which launched the careers of Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in 2004. The story is an original idea that Cassavetes has been developing for more than a decade.

Nick and I have literally been on the verge of writing this for years,” Johansson said. “We’re incredibly excited to be partnering with Rob and Andrew who have put us on a very fast
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Tatiana Maslany trades her Canadian roots to become Boston Strong in Stronger

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Tatiana Maslany trades her Canadian roots to become Boston Strong in StrongerTatiana Maslany trades her Canadian roots to become Boston Strong in StrongerIngrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine9/21/2017 10:42:00 Am

After portraying 11 different clones (and winning an Emmy for her efforts) in the recently wrapped sci-fi series "Orphan Black", Tatiana Maslany is slacking off by playing just a single character, Erin Hurley, in this month’s Stronger.

The film is based on the book by Jeff Bauman and Bret Witter and stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Bauman, who was standing at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon waiting for girlfriend Hurley to complete the race when the blast from the bomb left by terrorist Tamerlan Tsarnaev exploded at his feet.

Bauman lost both legs — but was able to identify Tsarnaev from his hospital bed — and the movie recounts Bauman and Hurley’s relationship as he begins his arduous journey of recovery.
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Harry Dean Stanton, ‘Big Love,’ ‘Twin Peaks’ Star, Dies at 91

Harry Dean Stanton, ‘Big Love,’ ‘Twin Peaks’ Star, Dies at 91
Harry Dean Stanton, the actor with a gaunt, bedraggled look who labored in virtual obscurity for decades until a series of roles increased his visibility, including his breakthrough in Wim Wenders’ “Paris, Texas,” died of natural causes Friday in Los Angeles. He was 91.

The actor was also known for his roles in “Twin Peaks,” “Big Love,” “Pretty in Pink,” and “Repo Man.”

He had a high-profile role as manipulative cult leader Roman Grant on HBO polygamy drama “Big Love,” which ran from 2006-11, and recently appeared as Carl Rodd in the “Twin Peaks” revival on Showtime.

His most recent film, “Lucky,” about an atheist who comes to terms with his own mortality, is set to be released by Magnolia on Sept. 29.

In 1984, when he turned 58, he not only starred in the Wenders’ “Paris, Texas” — his first role ever as leading man — but in Alex Cox’s popular cult film “Repo Man.” (That
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Harry Dean Stanton, ‘Big Love,’ ‘Twin Peaks’ Star, Dies at 91

Harry Dean Stanton, ‘Big Love,’ ‘Twin Peaks’ Star, Dies at 91
Harry Dean Stanton, the actor with a gaunt, bedraggled look who labored in virtual obscurity for decades until a series of roles increased his visibility, including his breakthrough in Wim Wenders’ “Paris, Texas,” died of natural causes Friday in Los Angeles. He was 91.

The actor was also known for his roles in “Twin Peaks,” “Big Love,” “Pretty in Pink” and “Repo Man.”

He had a high-profile role as manipulative cult leader Roman Grant on HBO polygamy drama “Big Love,” which ran from 2006-11, and recently appeared as Carl Rodd in the “Twin Peaks” revival on Showtime.

His most recent film, “Lucky,” about an atheist who comes to terms with his own mortality, is set to be released by Magnolia on Sept. 29.
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Stronger Review [Tiff 2017]

A theme appears to be emerging in a lot of 2017 pop culture. It’s become one of the defining features of Game of Thrones, runs through the layered narratives of Dunkirk, and takes center stage once again in Stronger, a film that plays with an implied tagline, “What doesn’t kill you, makes you…” It’s fitting for a world that feels more in flux and in peril than many of us have experienced in our lifetimes, this idea that there’s a level of heroism in mere survival, that enduring and living to fight or simply wake up to another day is something worth celebrating, something noble.

Stronger may not explore this concept as fantastically as Thrones or as grippingly or viscerally as Dunkirk, but there’s a ground level inspiration to it that’s worth admiring. It depicts the story of real life Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman (played by Jake Gyllenhaal,
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Rooney Mara: look out, Greta Gerwig – there’s a new arthouse darling in town

Is the star of Una and A Ghost Story next in line for the crown of indie queen?

Related: A Ghost Story review – Casey Affleck goes undercover in a strange and haunting tale

Gena Rowlands, Parker Posey, Chloë Sevigny, Greta Gerwig. These are the Us indie queens, women whose legends were built by low-budget films, who used their intrinsic cool and prolific output to keep the most precarious corner of the film industry afloat. With this month’s release of Una and A Ghost Story, two high-profile indies both starring Rooney Mara, is it time to anoint the next successor?

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Smackdown 1963: Three from "Tom Jones" and Two Dames

Presenting the Supporting Actresses of '63. Well well, what have we here? This year's statistical uniqueness (the only time one film ever produced three supporting actress nominees) and the character lineup reads juicier than it actually is - your Fab Five are, get this: a saucy wench, a pious auntie, a disgraced lady, a pillpopping royal, and a stubborn nun.

The Nominees 

from left to right: Cilento, Evans, Redman, Rutherford, Skalia

In 1963 Oscar voters went for an all-first-timers nominee list in Supporting Actress. The eldest contenders would soon become Dames (Margaret Rutherford and Edith Evans were both OBEs at the time). Rutherford, the eventual winner, was the only nominee with an extensive film history and she was in the middle of a hot streak with her signature role as Jane Marple which ran across multiple films from through 1961-1965. In fact, Agatha Christie had just dedicated her new book "The
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‘Rachel Getting Married’ and the First-Person Humanism of Jonathan Demme

Kym (Anne Hathaway) carries herself with the foresight that she is damned. She takes a drag from her ever-present cigarette as she tries to compose herself before the arrival of her family, who are on their way to pick her up from rehab. Her clothes and body language, however, tell a different story. She wears a ratty emerald green coat at all times — a coat that appears a size too large as it hangs listlessly on her frail body. Kym has a perpetual downward glance that can only be achieved through shame and internalized self-hatred. Kym bears her scars for the world to see and, despite her best efforts, she cannot slip away from the glances of everyone around her who can obviously see that she is damaged in a fundamental way. She hasn’t seen much of her family over the past few years, but she’s clean now,
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Springtime in L.A.: Colcoa

City of Lights: City of Angeles. The largest French film festival in the world and one of the largest festivals in L.A.!

Colcoa French Film Festival, “9 Days of Premieres in Hollywood” takes place April 24 to May 2 in the prestigious theaters of the Directors Guild of America on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood (3 theaters (600, 160 and 37 seats), a 210 capacity lounge and a 1,500 capacity lobby).

Colcoa is the acronym of “City of Light, City of Angels” the original name of an event celebrating relationships between filmmakers from two capital cities of cinema. In 2015, the festival’s name was officially changed to Colcoa French Film Festival. Colcoa was founded in 1997 by The Franco-American Cultural Fund, a unique collaborative effort of the Directors Guild of America, the Motion Picture Association, the Writers Guild of America West, and France’s Society of Authors Composers and Publishers of Music (Sacem). Colcoa is also supported by l’Association
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Alexander Payne in La Greek Film Festival honour

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Alexander Payne in La Greek Film Festival honour
Auteur’s Downsizing to open in December through Paramount.

Alexander Payne will receive the 2017 Orpheus Award at the 11th Annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival in June.

The award will be presented as part of the Orpheus Awards ceremony following the closing night film on June 11 in Hollywood.

Alexander Payne was selected by the committee to receive this year’s honor because of his worldwide contributions to movies and his dedication to the preservation of its history,” festival director Aris Katopodis said.

“We are delighted to be among those who recognize his brilliance as a filmmaker and his dedication not only to the craft but the people that work with him. His ability to entertain and intrigue audiences worldwide is surpassed by none.”

Payne, the grandson of Greek immigrants and a native of Omaha, Nebraska, launched into directing with Citizen Ruth in 1996, and followed that up with Reese Witherspoon break-out Election.

His other films
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Hirokazu Kore-eda’s 10 Favorite Films

One of the year’s most affecting, humanistic films, Hirokazu Kore-eda‘s After the Storm, will arrive in the U.S. this week (our rave review from Cannes), so for the occasion, we’re looking at the director’s favorite films. Submitted by the Japanese director for the latest Sight & Sound poll, it’s perhaps the most varied list we’ve seen thus far — at least next to Mia Hansen-Løve‘s favorites.

Although the filmmaker is often compared to Yasujiro Ozu (none of his films are mentioned below), Hirokazu Kore-eda told The Guardian, “I of course take it as a compliment. I try to say thank you. But I think that my work is more like Mikio Naruse — and Ken Loach.” One will find his favorites from both of those directors on the list, as well as Jacques Demy‘s most-praised film, along with lesser-seen works from Hou Hsiao-hsien,
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Diversity Strong Among Oscar Foreign-Language Selection

Diversity Strong Among Oscar Foreign-Language Selection
With diversity breaking out all over the Oscars this year, it seems right that it should spill into the foreign-language race. Although, as always, heavily weighted toward European productions (“A Man Called Ove” from Sweden, “Land of Mine” from Denmark, “Toni Erdmann” from Germany), the final list of five also encompasses west Asia (“The Salesman” from Iran) and the frequently overlooked Polynesian world (“Tanna” from Australia, named for the island in the Vanuatu archipelago where it was shot).

With a lusty U.S. box office take of over $3 million, “A Man Called Ove,” directed and written by Swedish veteran Hannes Holm from novelist Fredrik Bakman’s global bestseller, probably qualifies as the biggest crowd-pleaser among the contenders. Told from the Pov of Ove (top Swedish star Rolf Lassgård), an imperiously grouchy widower forcibly retired from his factory job, the whimsical fable spins a narrative that has a secret story lying inside like an Easter egg.
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Top 10 performances directed by Martin Scorsese

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Top 10 performances directed by Martin ScorseseTop 10 performances directed by Martin ScorseseShane McNeil1/4/2017 11:30:00 Am

On January 6th 2017, Martin Scorsese's passion project Silence finally hits the big screen.

Based on the Japanese novel by Shûsaku Endô, Silence tells the story of two Jesuit priests who face torture and persecution after traveling to Japan to find their mentor and spread the word of Catholicism. It's bound to be a heavy handed film, and with Scorsese directing, we wouldn't be wrong to expect another masterpiece from the legendary filmmaker.

Here he directs stars Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Liam Neeson, the three of which look to be Oscar contenders for their performances. While none of them have been nominated by the Golden Globes or the Screen Actors Guild, there's a good chance the very late in the year release of Silence (it plays just in time in New York and Los
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CBS Developing CIA Terrorism Drama From ‘Parts Per Billion’ Writer

Writer Brian Horiuchi has sold a CIA drama, “Extraction,” to CBS, Variety has learned.

“Extraction” is about a brilliant CIA field officer and complex chameleon who leads a new agency program to continue the war on terror by operating on U.S. soil for the first time in history.

The script deal marks a major move into TV for Horiuchi, whose credits are largely in film. He wrote and directed the 2014 romantic film “Parts Per Billion,” which starred the ensemble cast of Josh Hartnett, Rosario Dawson, Teresa Palmer, Penn Badgley, Gena Rowlands, and Frank Langella. He also co-wrote the screenplays for films “Circle of Eight” and “America So Beautiful.”

Horiuchi will serve as an executive producer, along with Ed Redlich, Tony Krantz of Flame Ventures and Jennifer Levine of Untitled Entertainment. Flame VenturesDrew Comins will serve as co-executive producer. CBS Television Studios is producing.

The hourlong project will be created with “unique access” to the CIA
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Who Is the Greatest Actress In the World? — IndieWire Critics Survey

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Who Is the Greatest Actress In the World? — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question:

Last Friday saw the release of Mia Hansen-Løve’s “Things to Come,” one of two new films starring Isabelle Huppert. In the lede of his review for The New York Times, A.O. Scott asked “Isabelle Huppert: Great actress, or greatest actress?” Huppert is certainly near the very top of the list, but we thought we’d take this opportunity to open the question to our panel of critics: Who is the best working actress in the world today?

Richard Brody (@tnyfrontrow), The New Yorker

A vote for someone else isn’t a vote against Isabelle Huppert, who is among the very greatest
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The 42nd Annual Lafca Winners !

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association stretches back to 1975, a very great year in cinema history with one of Oscar's all time best Best Picture lineups (Dog Day Afternoon, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Nashville, Barry Lyndon, and Jaws). They gave four of those pictures awards in their first year, ignoring only Jaws. Though we normally despair that all film critics awards seem to be viewed through the prism of Oscar influence or prediction (critics groups should have their own identity / agenda or else what good are they?) in the Lafca's case it's difficult to avoid. Los Angeles is an industry town and these are their local critics. So go crazy when you're looking at this list and want to think of it in terms of Oscar; It's easy to argue that its the single critics list that Oscar voters take most seriously since the bulk of the membership lives there.
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Van Helsing Renewed for a 13-Episode Second Season by Syfy

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Following its premiere on the Syfy channel last month, Van Helsing has already been renewed for a 13-episode second season of bloodsucker slaying.

Press Release (via TheFutonCritic.com): Los Angeles, CA - October 14, 2016 - The new action-horror series, Van Helsing, has been renewed for a second season on Syfy. The hour-long drama premiered Friday, September 23 and will return for 13 all new episodes, with production expected to begin January 2017.

An original Syfy co-production, Van Helsing is produced by Nomadic Pictures, which also serves as the studio. Executive producers are Chad Oakes and Mike Frislev from Nomadic Pictures, showrunner/writer Neil Labute, Simon Barry ("Continuum"), Evan Tyler (Industry Works), Dave Brown and Zadoc Angell (Echo Lake Entertainment), as well as Daniel March (Dynamic Television). Dynamic Television is also handling the worldwide distribution for the series, excluding first run U.S. television and Canada.

"It's with great pleasure and extreme excitement that
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Shirley MacLaine Tapped for Career Achievement Honor by Los Angeles Film Critics

Shirley MacLaine Tapped for Career Achievement Honor by Los Angeles Film Critics
Shirley MacLaine will receive the Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s Career Achievement award this year. The honor will be presented at the group’s annual awards dinner on Jan. 14.

Other awards will be decided by the membership on Sunday, Dec. 4.

“We are very excited to be giving the award to someone who has had such an illustrious, versatile acting career, and who has contributed so much to our collective enjoyment of movies,” Lafca president Claudia Puig said.

Recent recipients of the honor include film editor Anne V. Coates, actresses Gena Rowlands and Doris Day, and filmmakers Richard Lester and Frederick Wiseman.

MacLaine last appeared in Andy Tennant’s comedy “Wild Oats” opposite Jessica Lange, currently in theaters. She won the best actress Oscar in 1984 for James L. Brooks’ “Terms of Endearment” and has been nominated for acting on four other occasions, for “Some Came Running” (1958), “The Apartment” (1960), “Irma la Douce
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Film Festival Roundup: Woodstock Reveals Slate, Mill Valley Unveils Lineup, Hamptons Picks Opening And Closing Night Offerings

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Film Festival Roundup: Woodstock Reveals Slate, Mill Valley Unveils Lineup, Hamptons Picks Opening And Closing Night Offerings
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Full Lineup Announcements

– The fiercely independent 17th Annual Woodstock Film Festival presents an outstanding lineup of films to be shown in Woodstock, New York, as well as Rhinebeck, Rosendale, Saugerties, and Kingston. The festival runs October 13 – 16.

The festival opens on October 13 with the World Premiere of “Blind,” a romantic narrative feature written by Michael Mailer (son of famed American author Norman Mailer) and starring Alec Baldwin (who will attend the screening with Mailer) and Demi Moore. You can find out more about the slate right here.

– The Mill Valley Film Festival, presented by the California Film Institute, has announced the complete lineup for the 39th edition of the Festival, taking place October 6 – 16. The 11-day event will screen films across Marin County and will feature premieres, panel discussions,
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Edward Norton to Receive Career Award at 2016 Hamptons Film Festival

Edward Norton to Receive Career Award at 2016 Hamptons Film Festival
Edward Norton will receive the career achievement award at the 2016 Hamptons International Film Festival, which has also set the slate for its narrative, documentary and short film competitions.

Actor-producer-director Norton takes the career prize for a list of credits that includes “Birdman,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Fight Club,” “The 25th Hour” and “American History X,” and will next be seen in “Collateral Beauty” alongside Will Smith and Kate Winslet, among others. He’s also the founder of CrowdRise, a philantrhropic crowdfunding site that has raised more than $500 million for some 30,000 nonprofits and charities.

Prior recipients of the Hamptons festival’s career award have included Vanessa Redgrave, Ted Hope, James Schamus, Gena Rowlands and Stanley Tucci. Norton will receive his award at an Oct. 9 during this year’s festival, which runs Oct. 6-10.

The full list of competition titles follows.

Narrative Feature Competition Films

The Daughter (Australia)

Director: Simon Stone

Divines
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