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‘Olga’ Review: This Tiny Swiss Sports Drama Illuminates What Ukrainians Are Going Through

An intense portrait of personal obsession — à la “Black Swan” — set at the time of 2013’s Maidan Uprising, “Olga” anticipates so much of the current situation in Ukraine. Elie Grappe’s prescient debut begins and ends in a country whose people united against corruption, successfully ousting Russian-friendly president Viktor Yanukovych, though the story takes […]

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Janicza Bravo Will Follow Up ‘Zola’ by Directing FX’s ‘Kindred’ Pilot, Produced by Darren Aronofsky

An all-star team is behind FX’s upcoming drama pilot “Kindred,” the network’s adaptation of Octavia E. Butler’s acclaimed 1979 novel.FX announced on Wednesday that Janicza Bravo, who recently directed the heralded 2020 film “Zola,” will direct the FX show’s pilot episode. “Kindred” will be executive produced by Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields (showrunners on “The […]

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‘Birds Of Paradise’ Diane Silvers & Kristine Froseth Bring Icy Brutality To A Milder ‘Black Swan’ Routine [Review]

Providing ample opportunities to showcase the beauties and horrors of the human body, ballet and dance is frequently examined in cinema because of its elaborate artistic and metaphoric potential. Such is the case with Sarah Adina Smith’s “Birds of Paradise,” a sensuous drama filled to the brim with visually distinctive, and grandiose displays of technique […]

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Birds of Paradise review – Amazon’s ballet drama is no Black Swan

The surreal film, based on the book Bright Burning Stars, paints a too-chilly portrait of an erotic, competitive friendship between two ballerinasTwo beautiful, lithe, painfully thin dancers compete for a coveted spot in a ruthless ballet program, come together and apart as two halves of a whole amid drugs, hallucinations and sex until one breaks. […]

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Mediawan’s Genre Label Black Swan Tales Readies First Slate With ‘The Night Man,’ ‘The Hunt’ (Exclusive)

Black Swan Tales, a Blumhouse-inspired genre film label launched by French producer Noor Sadar and Belgian banner Entre Chien et Loup, is rolling out its first roster of four French- and English-language horror films.A Mediawan company, Black Swan Tales was also created in partnership with the sales company WTFilms.Black Swan has just wrapped the shoot […]

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‘Normal People’ Star Paul Mescal Joins Melissa Barrera in Benjamin Millepied’s ‘Carmen’ (Exclusive)

‘Normal People’ star Paul Mescal will play the male lead in Benjamin Millepied’s film “Carmen,” a modern-day reimagining of one of the world’s most celebrated operas. Mescal will star opposite Melissa Barrera (“Vida”), who will play the titular role of Carmen.Mescal replaces “Fifty Shades” star Jamie Dornan, who was previously attached to the role.“Carmen” will […]

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Kornél Mundruczó To Helm Feature About The Elephant Man From ‘Black Swan’ & ‘Transcendence’ Producers

Exclusive: Hungarian filmmaker Kornél Mundruczó has been tapped by Straight Up Films and Phoenix Pictures to direct a film about the life of Joseph Merrick, best known as The Elephant Man. The story will follow an unlikely love story between Joseph and the young woman assigned to his care at the Fawsley Hall Estate, where […]

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‘Zodiac’ & ‘Black Swan’ Producer’s Company Options Sex ‘TrafficKing’ Book About Jeffrey Epstein’s Criminal Case

It’s easy to get cynical when contemporary events and scandals in our day and age are quickly adapted for the big or small screen seemingly to capitalize on their hot-topic notoriety. You can be certain that, over the coming years, we’ll be hearing rumblings about projects depicting the Donald Trump presidency, #MeToo movement and Venezuela […]

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‘Native Son’ Star Ashton Sanders Was the Most Unpredictable Actor of Matthew Libatique’s Career

Matthew Libatique’s camera has captured kinetic performances ranging from Natalie Portman in “Black Swan” to Lady Gaga in “A Star Is Born.” He’s even followed the unpredictable movements of Kobe Bryant and Mike Tyson. However, he said he’s never encountered a performer quite as unique and raw as Ashton Sanders, the star of HBO’s “Native […]

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‘Wildlife,’ ‘The Bangle Seller’ in Competition at Mumbai Film Festival

Paul Dano’s directorial debut “Wildlife,” which has had considerable festival play including Sundance, Cannes and Toronto is among the titles in the international competition at the 20th Mumbai film festival.The festival runs Oct. 25 to Nov. 1, 2018. U.S. director, Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan”) will give a masterclass.Other international competition titles include deceased Chinese director […]

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