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Be Good or Be Gone review – sharp Dublin crime thriller with deadpan charm

Criminal cousins try to rebuild their lives in Cathal Nally’s likably quirky, low-budget debut featureThis ultra-low-budget feature about working-class cousins on temporary release from Dublin’s Mountjoy prison feels a bit like the sort of sketchy, acoustic-sharp Irish black comedy that Lenny Abrahamson or Martin McDonagh (from the In Bruges period) made in their early years, […]

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Indie Sales Vet Christine D’Souza Gelb Launches Production, Management Shop With David Hinojosa and Kevin Rowe

Christine D’Souza Gelb, the veteran independent film financing and sales executive, has launched a new production and management venture with Killer Films executive David Hinojosa and Kevin Rowe as founding partners.Named 2Am, the venue brings together a trio of considerable indie film players and boasts backing from one of the space’s most premium brands: A24.The […]

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Ava DuVernay, ‘Succession’ Producer Jane Tranter Join BFI London Film Festival Industry Program

Award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay and “Succession” executive producer Jane Tranter are among a range of figures participating at this year’s British Film Institute (BFI) London Film Festival’s industry program.The program, which is virtual this year, is headlined by two ‘Spotlight’ conversations. DuVernay will be in conversation with the crew from her non-profit media and social […]

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‘Normal People’ Trailer: The Director of ‘Room’ Heads to Hulu with a Forbidden Romance

Since directing Brie Larson to an Oscar win in 2015’s Room, Irish writer/director Lenny Abrahamson has been fairly quiet, directing only a couple episodes of a TV series called Chance and a single feature, the 2018 horror mystery The Little Stranger, which starred Domhnall Gleeson. Now Abrahamson has returned to his home country as one […]

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Taika Waititi’s ‘Jojo Rabbit’ Wins Top Prize at Toronto Film Festival Awards

Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit” has won the coveted People’s Choice Award at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.The honor positions the film for a potential Oscar run and bolsters its awards chances. That’s good news for Fox Searchlight, which must have been disappointed by the lackluster critical reception for the movie, a dark comedy set […]

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FilmNation Promotes Ashley Fox, Brad Zimmerman to Svp of Production (Exclusive)

FilmNation Entertainment, the independent studio behind “Arrival” and “Room,” has promoted Ashley Fox and Brad Zimmerman to senior VPs of production.The pair will source and develop material that can be transformed into movies and will oversee film productions on behalf of the company. They will continue to report to Ben Browning, FilmNation’s president of production, […]

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DGA Criticized for Women Director Shut Out: Lenny Abrahamson, Julia Hart, and More Speak Out

Directors and film journalists are reacting in fury to the film nominations for the 2019 Directors Guild of America Awards. The DGA announced nominees earlier today for Feature Film and First-Time Feature Film, and all 10 contenders are men. Nominees for Feature Film are Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”), Alfonso Cuarón (“Roma”), Peter Farrelly […]

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‘The Little Stranger’ Is A Beautiful Gothic Drama That Is Uninterested In Horror Genre Conventions [Review]

Like Lenny Abrahamson‘s previous two movies, “Room” and “Frank,” “The Little Stranger” is a study in restraint. A bare bones description of the film – a doctor discovers strange occurrences at an English estate in the 1940s – makes it sound like high-brow horror, but the filmmaker has far more on his mind than simple […]

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‘Captain Marvel’ Actress DeWanda Wise Departs Film — Report

DeWanda Wise will no longer have a supporting role in next year’s “Captain Marvel” film, sources tell Deadline. A scheduling conflict is to blame: Wise plays the lead role in the Netflix series “She’s Gotta Have It,” Spike Lee’s adaptation of his 1986 feature debut. On New Year’s Day, Netflix renewed the show for a […]

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