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Morgan Spurlock Steps Down From His Production Company After Sexual Misconduct Admission

Morgan Spurlock Steps Down From His Production Company After Sexual Misconduct Admission
Morgan Spurlock has stepped down from the production company that he co-founded after admitting that he had once been accused of rape and had been guilty of sexual misconduct in the past.

In a statement issued Thursday, Warrior Poets partners Jeremy Chilnick and Matthew Galkin said, “On behalf of Warrior Poets, we as partners have always supported our company and its endeavors. As of today, Morgan Spurlock will be stepping down effective immediately.”

The duo continued, “We will continue to lead the company as equal partners, producing, distributing & creating from our independent production company.”
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Hannah Marks, Dylan Sprouse, Liana Liberato To Star In Comedy ‘Banana Split’ For American High

Hannah Marks, Dylan Sprouse, Liana Liberato To Star In Comedy ‘Banana Split’ For American High
Exclusive: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency star Hannah Marks wrote and will star in the indie high comedy Banana Split, along with The Suite Life of Zack and Cody alum Dylan Sprouse and Liana Liberato (If I Stay, 1 Mile to You). Mickey Liddell and Jeremy Garelick's newly formed company, American High, is fully financing the movie, which is currently shooting in Syracuse, New York. Cinematographer Ben Kasulke is marking his feature directorial debut with this film…
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Dee Rees, Brooklynn Prince, Howard Rodman and More Announce the 2017 Black List

If you don’t have access to all the work, and if you’re not plugged into the industry development community, the annual Black List — a “most-liked” list of unproduced screenplays floating around in Hollywood — is always a bit of head-scratcher list. Do the loglines — Daddio‘s “A passenger and her cab driver reminisce about their relationships on the way from the airport to her apartment in New York,” or The Mother‘s “A female assassin comes out of hiding to protect the pre-teen daughter she gave up years before” — herald exciting new voices or simply clever takes on durable […]
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Angelina Jolie And ‘Bpm” Snubbed As Oscar Reveals Its 2018 Foreign Language Film Shortlist

Los Angeles members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have screened all 93 foreign language submissions. The foreign language committee has met, reviewed the tabulations and added three “saves” to the six highest scoring films. There are now nine finalists for the Foreign Language Film Oscar.

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Chile, “A Fantastic Woman,” Sebastián Lelio, director

Germany, “In the Fade,” Fatih Akin, director

Hungary, “On Body and Soul,” Ildikó Enyedi, director

Israel, “Foxtrot,” Samuel Maoz, director

Lebanon, “The Insult,” Ziad Doueiri, director

Russia, “Loveless,” Andrey Zvyagintsev, director

Senegal, “Félicité,” Alain Gomis, director

South Africa, “The Wound,” John Trengove, director

Sweden, “The Square,” Ruben Östlund, director

The biggest snub this year was Robert Campillo’s “Bpm.” The French drama chronicling the work of Act Up Paris won the Grand Prize at Cannes as well as Best Foreign Language Film from Lafca, the Nyfcc and the Sffcc, among others.
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The 2018 Foreign Language Oscar Shortlist: 9 Films, Many Snubs and Surprises

Whittling down this year’s record 92 foreign-language Oscar submissions to a shortlist of nine was a challenge for the Academy which, under the leadership of new president John Bailey, instituted voting changes for the disparate group of Academy volunteers commandeered by foreign-language committee chair Mark Johnson.

Eight of the films were well-known from festival play and have been racking up awards, most notably European Film Awards winner “The Square.” Two lesser-known films that were not widely predicted made the cut, “Félicité” from Senegal and “The Wound” from South Africa. Steady as they go for Sony Pictures Classics and Magnolia Pictures, which lead the field with three and two films, respectively.

The nine films are listed alphabetically below.

“A Fantastic Woman” (Chile, Sony Pictures Classics)

Berlin debuted Sebastián Lelio’s transgender drama, which won Best Screenplay and played well at Telluride and Toronto.

Félicité” (Senegal, Strand Releasing)

In Alain Gomis’s family drama,
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‘The Last Jedi’ Will Be the Biggest Movie of 2017, Even as It Leaves Some Records Untouched

‘The Last Jedi’ Will Be the Biggest Movie of 2017, Even as It Leaves Some Records Untouched
The first shows for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” begin tonight, and there’s every expectation that is will be the biggest-opening, top-grossing domestic release of 2017. At a minimum, we’re looking at a $200 million opening, with $225 million very likely.

With strong holiday playtime following the first 10 days of release, a multiple of at least three times its opening is possible, which could propel to the domestic take to around $700 million.

Yes, it’s going to be huge — but there’s a few records it might not beat. Here (with adjusting numbers to 2017 values) are some comparable numbers that “Jedi” will easily best, and a few that seem unlikely.

Top domestic grosses of 2017: Yes

“The Last Jedi” should find the opening numbers easy to beat, and it’s hard to imagine it won’t be the best-performing movie of the year.

Film Studio Opening Gross Domestic Total Beauty and the Beast
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10 Cinematography Masters Who Love Celluloid, from ‘Dunkirk’ to ‘Wonder Woman’

10 Cinematography Masters Who Love Celluloid, from ‘Dunkirk’ to ‘Wonder Woman’
The romance with film turned a corner this year with the massive success of Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk.” The World War II actioner had the widest 70mm release in 25 years (125 prints, dominated by IMAX), grabbing $188 million domestically and $525 million worldwide. And the visual impact of the IMAX format was powerful in the best picture frontrunner. Whether by land, by air, or by sea, the imagery was immersive. That is why Dutch-Swedish cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema is the frontrunner in his race as well.

But the impact of film on the cinematography race doesn’t stop there. Also in strong contention are “The Beguiled,” “Call Me By Your Name,” “Wonder Struck,” and “Wonder Woman,” all period pieces shot in a variety of styles that particularly benefited from the texture and warmth of 35mm film. At the same time, “The Post,” “Murder on the Orient Express” (another 70mm spectacle), “The Florida Project,
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The Best Podcasts of 2017: A Tribute

It seems like we always start any podcast story with the same general idea: It’s impossible to fully keep up with the massive amount of quality podcasts that spring up on a regular basis. For every well-established favorite that’s still producing some of the best stories in the world on a regular basis, there are a handful of upstart projects worthy of time and consideration.

So, making a list of the 50 best episodes of the year is, as always, a futile task. As we’ve documented throughout the year, there are hours upon hours of innovative, entertaining programming being offered up every day. Even in monthly installments, highlighting the gems of the podcast world is tricky.

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Back in June, when we selected the top 50 at the halfway point of the year, that list could easily have sustained through the final six months
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Dustin Hoffman Accused of Exposing Himself to A 16-Year-Old and Assaulting Two Women While Making ‘Ishtar’

Dustin Hoffman Accused of Exposing Himself to A 16-Year-Old and Assaulting Two Women While Making ‘Ishtar’
More women have come forward to accuse Dustin Hoffman of sexual harassment and assault in a new report from Variety. One woman, Cori Thomas, alleges Hoffman exposed himself to her when she was only 16 years old. Thomas was a high-school classmate of Hoffman’s daughter Karina. After spending an afternoon with the two, Hoffman invited them to the hotel he was staying at in New York City. Karina was asked to go home, leaving Thomas alone with the actor. Hoffman allegedly proceeded to take a shower.

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“He came out of the bathroom with a towel at first wrapped around him, which he dropped,” Thomas tells Variety. “He was standing there naked. I think I almost collapsed, actually. It was the first time I had ever seen a naked man. I was mortified. I didn’t know what to do.
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Rushes. Apichatpong's Hotel, Hideo Kojima's Cinema, "Malcolm X" at 25

Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.NEWSLike to sleep at the movies? Apichatpong Weerasethakul is collaborating with the International Film Festival Rotterdam (January 24 - February 4, 2018), to launch a hotel. Yes, that's right.Cinema's have been banned in Saudi Arabia since the 1970s, but in 2018 that's about to change.The Golden Globes nominations have been announced. We're rooting for Greta Gerwig and Jonny Greenwood.Recommended VIEWINGGrasshopper Film have kindly shared En rachâchant, a 1982 short film by Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet adapted from a Marguerite Duras story. Available to view until December 15th so watch it now!For IndieWire, David Ehrlich provides an ecstatic rush of montage through this year's commercial cinema.A moving and enveloping trailer from one of the year's best discoveries: Summer 1993, the feature debut of Spanish filmmaker Carla Simón.The first trailer for the latest analysis of American myth-making from Clint Eastwood,
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History Is Made As Disney Takes 20th Century Fox And Hollywood Will Never Be The Same

When the news leaked that the remaining vestiges of 21st Century (apparently now temporarily known as “New Fox”) would keep the Fox lot in Century City it was a bad sign. The historic studio lot has been the home for the 20th Century Fox movie studio since 1926. When Disney revealed they had no interest in keeping that land, that basically told everyone the studio itself, its history, the company meant little to them in the acquisition that was formally announced today.

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Unpacking The Mythos & More [Podcast]

Welcome to another edition of The Playlist Podcast, a discussion about film news and other film and television related items.

On this episode, I’m joined by Editor-in-Chief Rodrigo Perez and Managing Editor Kevin Jagernauth to discuss the film that will be on most people’s mind throughout the holiday season: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

We start the conversation with some initial, non-specific thoughts on the eighth chapter in the longstanding franchise, this time directed by Rian Johnson (“Brick,” “Looper“).

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Morgan Spurlock Steps Down From Warrior Poets Following Confession That a Woman He Slept With ‘Believed She’d Been Raped’

Morgan Spurlock Steps Down From Warrior Poets Following Confession That a Woman He Slept With ‘Believed She’d Been Raped’
Morgan Spurlock is stepping down from Warrior Poets, the New York–based production company he co-founded with Jeremy Chilnick in 2004. The news follows a confessional post he wrote last night in which he revealed that a woman he slept with in college “believed she’d been raped” and that he now sees he’s “part of the problem.”

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The company, which now lists Matthew Galkin as a partner alongside Spurlock and Chilnick, just released the following statement:

“On behalf of Warrior Poets, we as partners have always supported our company and its endeavors. As of today, Morgan Spurlock will be stepping down effective immediately.

“We will continue to lead the company as equal partners, producing, distributing & creating from our independent production company.

“Respectfully, Co-Founder & Partner Jeremy Chilnick and Partner Matthew Galkin

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‘Black Mirror’ Is Coming True at a Chinese Company That Rates People’s ‘Social Credit’

‘Black Mirror’ Is Coming True at a Chinese Company That Rates People’s ‘Social Credit’
In yet another case of life imitating art, a Chinese “super app” called Alipay is now assigning users a three-digit score that works as “credit for everything in your life.” Known as Zhima Credit, it ranges between 350 and 950 and is meant to assess people’s worth on a wide-ranging scale — not unlike what we saw in “Nosedive,” the first episode of “Black Mirror” season three. Wired has a lengthy writeup on Zhima Credit, a project of the company Ant Financial meant to serve as a “credit system that covers the whole society.”

“Zhima Credit is the embodiment of personal credit,” reads the signup text. “It uses big data to conduct an objective assessment. The higher the score, the better your credit.”

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Ant Financial CEO Lucy Peng has said that Zhima Credit “will ensure that
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‘Crashing’ Season 2 Trailer: Pete Holmes Is Looking For Star Quality

Crashing” is back! Hooray? I don’t know many people who are particularly enthused by the HBO comedy, which doesn’t have the water cooler flavor of some of their premiere titles. But maybe that’s the low key, secret sauce that has helped it stick around. However, “Togetherness” was similarly under the radar and the network yanked it, despite very good notices.

Anyway, Pete Holmes leads the show, playing a newly single comedian, trying to find love and keep his career going, all in the hustle and bustle of New York City.

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‘The Last Jedi’ Spoilers: A New Short Film Shows How Difficult They Are to Avoid — Watch

‘The Last Jedi’ Spoilers: A New Short Film Shows How Difficult They Are to Avoid — Watch
“The Last Jedi” had its world premiere last Saturday, but public screenings don’t begin until this evening. As always, this poses a potential problem for devotees hoping to see the latest “Star Wars” movie without having anything ruined: spoilers. Two of them even went so far as to make a short film about the effort it takes to avoid having plot details come out before the movie does.

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With an opening crawl meant to evoke those that open each “Star Wars” film, the short informs us that, “In Los Angeles, the premiere of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi has ended. The first reactions have hit the Internet.” We’re then introduced to the hero of “Avoiding The Last Jedi Spoilers,” who goes all-out in order to see the movie unspoiled: deleting all of his social-media apps,
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First 3 Minutes Of ‘Justice League’ Have Arrived With Henry Cavill’s CGI Face

There are many ways that “Justice League” could’ve started, but we honestly never thought it would be a scene with kids making a podcast. How very #ontrend. The sequence, one of Joss Whedon‘s additions to the overcooked superhero movie, gave the world their first glance at Henry Cavill‘s digitally altered face, and nobody was the same again.

Korea is gearing up for the home video release of “Justice League” next week, and the promotional wheels have turned up the first three minutes of the movie.

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Josh and Benny Safdie to Remake ’48 Hours’ With Jerrod Carmichael

Josh and Benny Safdie to Remake ’48 Hours’ With Jerrod Carmichael
Good Time” filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie have chosen their next project, and it’s a bit of a doozy. The Queens-bred filmmaking duo will helm a remake of “48 Hours,” the 1982 crime comedy starring Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy, Josh Safdie confirmed to IndieWire. “The Carmichael Show” co-creator and star Jerrod Carmichael will co-write the script.

48 Hours” was an early addition to the buddy cop genre, and an early big screen success for Murphy. The odd couple comedy tells the story of a cop (Nolte) and a convict (Murphy) who team up to catch a pair of cop-killers. The title refers to the fact that Murphy’s character, a former cop serving time for armed robbery, is released from prison for 48 hours in order to help solve the murders. The movie was originally directed by the illustrious Walter Hill (“The Warriors”), produced by Joel Silver, and starred James Remar and Annette O’Toole.
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‘Lady Bird’: Read Greta Gerwig’s Award-Winning Original Screenplay Online For Free

‘Lady Bird’: Read Greta Gerwig’s Award-Winning Original Screenplay Online For Free
After breaking out at the box office and earning awards from numerous critic groups, Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” has emerged as one of the biggest Oscar contenders of the season. Gerwig’s original screenplay, in particular, has earned critical acclaim across the board.

Lady Bird’s” script recently won top honors from the Boston Society of Film Critics and the Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association, plus it’s been nominated for a Golden Globe, a Gotham Award, and a Satellite Award, among others. An Oscar nomination seems like a safe bet at this point, and now you can read Gerwig’s words for yourself by downloading the “Lady Bird” screenplay for free online.

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Lady Bird” follows its titular character, played by Saoirse Ronan, over the course of her senior year
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Sofia Coppola on the Dangerous Femininity of ‘The Beguiled’: Awards Season Spotlight Profile

Sofia Coppola on the Dangerous Femininity of ‘The Beguiled’: Awards Season Spotlight Profile
In Sofia Coppola’s lush Southern folktale-turned-thriller “The Beguiled,” danger lurks beneath everything pretty. The grandiose manor house, the romantic porch front, and the lace-lined pillows all hold their own pristine mystery. When a wounded Union soldier (Colin Farrell) is taken in by the girls of Miss Martha’s (Nicole Kidman) boarding school, he puts their Southern gentility to the test by ensnaring each in her own special way. Jealousy and possessiveness take hold, and the Corporal’s presence becomes as menacing as it once was enlivening. The film competed for the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where Coppola became only the third woman to ever win best director. Hearing her discuss her aesthetic vision in this IndieWire Awards Spotlight interview, it’s not hard to see why.

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“The male-female
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