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'Al Di Qua': Film Review

13 hours ago

A self-consciously solemn meditation on homelessness in Turin, Italy, Corrado Franco's Al Di Qua lets that city's poor speak for themselves even as it coyly acknowledges the way Franco frames their experience. Attention-grabbing for its artifice but most affecting when it is unadorned, the film will find many admirers as it makes an Oscar-qualifying run in NY/La. Getting that nod may be a long shot (according to THR's Scott Feinberg), but the distinctive film will put Franco on the "to watch" list of some observers in the doc arena.

Filmed in black-and-white, the picture spends much of its time in »

- John DeFore

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Peter Baldwin, Actor and Emmy-Winning TV Director, Dies at 86

14 hours ago

Peter Baldwin, an actor turned prolific Emmy-winning TV director with credits including The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Sanford and Son, Murphy Brown and The Wonder Years, has died. He was 86.

Baldwin died Sunday at his home in Pebble Beach, Calif., his son, Drew Baldwin, CEO of Tubefilter and creator and executive producer of the Streamy Awards, announced.

A former actor and contract player at Paramount Pictures, Baldwin cut his teeth behind the camera in Italy when he served as an assistant director under the legendary Vittorio De Sica on Woman Times Seven (1967) »

- Mike Barnes

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Universal Pulls Sci-Fi Thriller 'Extinction' From Release Schedule

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Universal has pulled Extinction, a sci-fi film starring Michael Pena and Lizzy Caplan, from its release schedule without explanation.

The film had been set to open on Jan. 26, 2018. 

Extinction's logline describes it as a thriller in "which a man must save his family from an otherworldly phenomenon." The title was written by Eric Heisserer, Spenser Cohen and Bradley Caleb Kane. Despite the film previously set for release just two months from now, no promotional materials have yet been unveiled for the title. 

The Ben Young-directed film was produced by Mandeville Films' Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman. Extinction is »

- Erik Hayden

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'Maynard': Film Review

18 hours ago

"Maynard Jackson was the Moses of his time" is a typical comment in Samuel D. Pollard's documentary about the three-term Atlanta mayor, the first African-America to hold that office and the first of any major Southern city. The statement may be hyperbolic, but it reflects the enduring influence of the formidable figure who was instrumental in advancing civil rights from protests to political action. Recently given its world premiere at Doc NYC, Maynard proves as moving as it is informative.

Jackson, whose grandfather was the legendary civil rights leader John Wesley Dobbs, was impressive even in his early years. He »

- Frank Scheck

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It's Time for Pixar to Make a Musical

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For a long time, Pixar Animation Studios wanted to avoid making anything even resembling a musical. Though the studio’s films often feature at least one or two songs, sometimes even including characters onscreen singing, Pixar movies could rarely be confused with Disney musicals like Beauty and the Beast or Moana. Its latest film Coco doesn’t quite qualify as a musical either, but unlike Pixar’s previous films, this movie is squarely about music.

From the beginning, Pixar has tried to eschew the perceived specter of music in its stories.

The tradition goes all the way back to Toy Story director John »

- Josh Spiegel

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How 'Battle of the Sexes' Reproduced Sounds From the Original Riggs-King Tennis Match

18 hours ago

Thwop! That sound you hear when Steve Carell, playing chauvinist provocateur Bobby Riggs, serves the ball in Battle of the Sexes isn't just any thwop. Sound designer, editor and mixer Ai-Ling Lee, who earned two Oscar nominations this year for La La Land, knew that if the film was going to convincingly re-create the much-hyped 1973 tennis match between Riggs and Billie Jean King, played by Emma Stone, it would have to accurately reproduce the sounds of the '70s.

So, explains Lee, "I bought wood and aluminum rackets on eBay, almost like the ones used in the film, and »

- Carolyn Giardina

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Reflections on Hollywood's Infamous Blacklist 70 Years Later (Guest Column)

22 hours ago

In October 1947 the Cold War came to, or rather was declared on, Hollywood. For nine tumultuous days, the House Committee on Un-American Activities, chaired by a dapper martinet named J. Parnell Thomas (R-nj), held its soon-to-be notorious hearings into alleged Communist subversion in Hollywood. Officially dubbed "Hearings Regarding the Communist Infiltration of the Motion Picture Industry," it was the first full-on media-political spectacle of the postwar era. Like the kick-off for a successful franchise, it spawned like-minded sequels, but the first episode attracted the widest publicity and left the harshest legacy.  Subsequent versions were low-energy imitations; the original was »

- Thomas Doherty

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German Filmmakers Call for "New Beginning" at Berlin Festival

23 hours ago

Several dozen of Germany's top directors, including Oscar-nominated Maren Ade (Toni Erdmann) and In the Fade filmmaker Fatih Akin, signed an open letter calling for a “new beginning” at the Berlin International Film Festival.

The letter, first published exclusively on Spiegel Online, calls for a major overhaul at Germany's number one festival once longtime director Dieter Kosslick steps down. Kosslick, who has run the Berlin Festival since 2001, is on contract through 2019.

In their letter, the directors, including such art house luminaries as Christian Petzold, Andreas DresenVolker Schlondorff and Margarethe von Trotta, say the end of the »

- Scott Roxborough

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'Diane Has the Right Shape' ('Diane a les epaules'): Film Review

23 hours ago

Putting aside its rather banal international title, the new French dramedy Diane Has the Right Shape (Diane a les epaules, which could be translated as You Can Depend on Diane) marks a promising feature debut from writer-director Fabien Gorgeart, who teams up with star Coltilde Hesme for a well-observed portrait of a woman embarking on a new romance while also having a baby — though one that isn’t hers to keep.

Quirky in its early stages but increasingly emotional as things get closer to term, the film is very much crafted around Hesme’s ability to oscillate between offbeat humor and »

- Jordan Mintzer

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Universal Pulls 'The Snowman' from Russian Chains in Ongoing Dispute

24 November 2017 2:15 AM, PST

The Snowman is the latest victim in an standoff between biggest Russian cinema chains and the Hollywood majors over online booking fees.

Universal has pulled its crime thriller, starring Michael Fassbender and Rebecca Ferguson, from Formula Kino and Cinema Park, two of Russia's largest theater chains, the exhibitors confirmed Friday. Both chains are owned by Russian tycoon Alexander Mamut, and have been embroiled in a dispute for several weeks now over Rambler.Kassa, an local online ticket booking service also owned by Mamut.

In early October, the service introduced a 10 percent commission on all online cinema ticket sales. »

- Vladimir Kozlov

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Canadian Industry to Establish Code of Conduct Amid Hollywood Sexual Harassment Scandals

23 November 2017 5:30 PM, PST

The Canadian film and TV industry is jointly taking steps to introduce a code of conduct to end sexual harassment on and away from movie and TV sets.

Following a daylong meeting in Toronto by industry unions, guilds and associations, Canadian industry reps in a statement said they will "collaborate on an industry-wide response to sexual harassment, discrimination, bullying and violence."

"We agree to zero tolerance for such behavior. We recognize that increasing gender equality and diversity across our industry is an important part of the solution," the statement added. The proposed cross-industry code of conduct will also define "expectations »

- Etan Vlessing

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Uma Thurman to Harvey Weinstein: "You Don't Deserve a Bullet"

23 November 2017 4:13 PM, PST

Uma Thurman wants to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving — everyone except Harvey Weinstein, that is. 

"Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! (Except you Harvey, and all your wicked conspirators — I’m glad it’s going slowly — you don’t deserve a bullet)," she wrote in a post on her Instagram Thursday. She ended her post by saying, "stay tuned."

The actress has worked with Weinstein — who has been accused by more than 90 women of sexual assault, harassment and rape — on multiple films including the Kill Bill franchise and Pulp Fiction. 

Thurman has yet to »

- THR Staff

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