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Sean Baker, Paul Schrader Offer Solutions to the Netflix vs. Theatrical Debate

As the battle between Netflix and movie theaters continues to grow, filmmakers such as Sean Baker (“The Florida Project”) and Paul Schrader (“First Reformed”) have taken to social media to offer possible solutions to the escalating debate. Netflix has been at the center of increased controversy following the Academy Awards, where its drama “Roma” took […]

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Industry Debates Theatrical Distribution vs. Netflix Amid Academy Rule Change Speculation

Reports that Steven Spielberg will be proposing a rule change at the next Academy meeting that will make it more difficult for Netflix films to compete at the Oscars has sparked debate online among the film community, with several arguing in favor of Netflix or pointing out that the situation is more complicated than theatrical […]

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Julian Schnabel’s Van Gogh Drama ‘At Eternity’s Gate’ Sells to CBS Films

CBS Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to “At Eternity’s Gate,” the new film from fine artist and director Julian Schnabel that was for sale at this year’s Cannes.The deal was for $1.75 million and the picture will star Willem Dafoe, fresh off an Oscar-nominated turn in “The Florida Project,” as Vincent Van Gogh. Oscar […]

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CBS Films Lands Julian Schnabel’s ‘At Eternity’s Gate,’ With Willem Dafoe As Van Gogh: Cannes

Exclusive: CBS Films has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to At Eternity’s Gate, a drama about Vincent Van Gogh’s ambition to be accepted as a great painter, and his plunge into depression when he was rejected. Introduced for the Cannes Market by CAA Media Finance, the film is directed by The Diving Bell and The […]

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‘Florida Project’ Star Bria Vinaite Boards Music Drama ‘Violent Delights’ (Exclusive)

Bria Vinaite, who broke out as the lead actress in “The Florida Project,” will portray a musician in the feature drama “Violent Delights,” Variety has learned.The project will be introduced to buyers in the fall. Taylor DeVoe is directing and writing “Violent Delights,” the story of three young musicians whose inner demons threaten to derail […]

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‘Angel Face’ Review: Marion Cotillard Is a Self-Destructive Mom In this Dull French Melodrama — Cannes 2018

If you’re going to shoot 80 percent of a film in extreme close-up, strictly training the camera on an actor’s face at the expense of everything around her, you better make damn well sure you give us an interesting character to consider. Marlene, a flailing single mother played by a wobbly, one-note Marion Cotillard, is […]

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2019 Oscars: Best Actor Predictions

Of the films we have already seen, Chadwick Boseman buffed his stardom in the lead role in Marvel blockbuster “Black Panther,” while Joaquin Phoenix took home Best Actor at Cannes as a brutal killer trying to save a young girl from the sex trade in “You Were Never Really Here.”Returning Oscar winners will likely include […]

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Leslie Jones, Rachel Bloom, Sterling K. Brown Join Voice Cast of ‘Angry Birds 2’

Sony Pictures and Rovio Entertainment are adding a new flock of comedic talent to Angry Birds 2.Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live, Ghostbusters) will voice the film’s villain character, while Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Sterling K. Brown (This is Us, The People vs. O.J. Simpson), Mexico’s breakout Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included, Overboard), Zach Woods (Silicon […]

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