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IFC Midnight Buys Survival Thriller ‘Radioflash’ (Exclusive)

IFC Midnight Buys Survival Thriller ‘Radioflash’ (Exclusive)
IFC Midnight has acquired U.S. rights to “Radioflash,” a survival thriller starring Dominic Monaghan and Brighton Sharbino, Variety has learned. The company will release the movie on Nov. 15.

The film imagines a dystopian future, one in which an electric-magnetic pulse strikes America, knocking out all the power and pushing the country into the Dark Ages. Reese (Sharbino), a tech-savvy teenager and her father Chris (Monaghan) flee the city, and seek refuge with her grandfather deep in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. Safety proves to be hard to come by.

“With a genre film, the type we have seen before, the challenge is to make it different,” director Ben McPherson said in a statement. “I wanted this film to be unpredictable and disorienting so that the viewer like the protagonist never knew what was around each corner. There is never a moment in the film where we are certain about who we can trust,
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Avenger No More? Marvel Studios & Kevin Feige Won’t Be Producing Any More ‘Spider-Man’ Films As Sony Walks Away From Deal

Marvel fans’ worst fear has seemingly come to fruition. Sony has decided to take its ‘Spider-Man’ film franchise and move on without the involvement of Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios, and Disney. And just like that, the entirety of the ‘Spider-Man’ universe is completely in flux.

Deadline is reporting that a deal that was being worked on with Disney and Sony has completely fallen apart with the latter deciding that it doesn’t need Feige’s involvement any longer in the ‘Spider-Man’ franchise.

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‘Matrix 4’: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Lana Wachowski Are Officially Back Another Film

Get ready to go back down the rabbit hole and decide on a new red or blue pill. Warner Bros. is getting most of the principals together once again for a fourth “Matrix” film. Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and director Lana Wachowski will all be returning for a “Matrix 4” which Wachowski will write and direct.

Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures will produce and globally distribute the film.

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Joaquin Phoenix Says He Experienced “A Lot Of Fear” Before Accepting ‘Joker’ Role As Todd Phillips Teases Sequel Possibilities

When you’re an actor on the level of Joaquin Phoenix, you might think that there isn’t a role anywhere that might scare you. However, in a new interview with Total Film (via Uproxx), Phoenix explained why he felt actual fear before accepting the role as the lead character in Todd Phillips’ upcoming comic book film “Joker.”

“There was a lot of fear,” he admitted.

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For Stunts, Network TV Dramas Prove There’s More Than One Way to Wow an Audience

For Stunts, Network TV Dramas Prove There’s More Than One Way to Wow an Audience
The production pace of network TV is not for the faint of heart. With merely a week — sometimes even less — to produce an hourlong episode of television, there’s even more pressure to make sure the usual flurry of moving parts comes together in a safe and coherent way.

Now, imagine being the people in charge of a sequence where trained performers dangle out of the back of a moving helicopter — that has to be done quickly, safely, and convincingly, too. For stunt coordinators like Peewee Piemonte and Julie Michaels of the CBS show “Seal Team,” that’s the part of the job they live for. The penultimate episode of the show’s second season featured a Special Patrol Insertion/Extraction (Spie) maneuver, with a half-dozen team members connected to a rope rig, hanging over the valley below.

“It was something we talked about from back in the pilot. We thought,
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‘Room 104′ Season 3 Trailer: The Duplass Brothers’ Eclectic Anthology Series Returns To HBO Next Month

Anthology series are a dime a dozen in 2019. What seemed like a unique idea 5 years ago has turned into a regular occurrence, with series like “Fargo,” “American Horror Story,” “American Crime Story,” “The Terror,” “Black Mirror,” “The Twilight Zone,” “True Detective,” and others taking the anthology idea and bringing it to TV screens.

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‘Sister Aimee’ Trailer: An Evangelist Disappears Herself in Quirky Queer Comedy

‘Sister Aimee’ Trailer: An Evangelist Disappears Herself in Quirky Queer Comedy
While the story of the 1926 disappearance of evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson may not be known by many, there’s more than enough in the life story of this cult figure to fill many movies. For their narrative feature debut, queer filmmakers Samantha Buck and Marie Schlingmann zero in on the five weeks that Semple McPherson (at one point the second most popular religious figure in the world behind the Pope) went missing in Mexico. As seen in this exclusive first trailer, the result is an often zany, satirical, and feminist musical comedy led by a radiant Anna Margaret Hollyman.

Here’s the official synopsis: “In 1926 America’s most famous evangelist is a woman. And she’s looking for a way out. Fed up with her own success, she gets swept up in her lover’s daydreams about Mexico and finds herself on a wild road trip towards the border. Based on true events.
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Ari Aster’s ‘Midsommar’ Director’s Cut Adds Depth, Not Scares, To His Beautiful Fairy Tale Nightmare [Review]

It’s not usually a good sign when people begin whispering about a director’s cut of a film while the original is still in theaters, but luckily, when Ari Aster took the stage at Lincoln Center’s Scary Movies Xii to introduce his director’s cut of “Midsommar,” he explained that the extended running time is what prevented him and A24 from releasing this version in theaters. Aster’s director’s cut, coming in at 171 minutes, as opposed to the theatrical version’s 147 (he teased/threatened the audience by mentioned a four hour work cut), does not reorient the story or provide more outrageous violence or scares, but rather, it provides a more complete picture of the twisted fairy tale.

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10 Must-See Films at the 2019 Venice Film Festival

10 Must-See Films at the 2019 Venice Film Festival
From “Gravity” and “First Man” to “Roma” and “A Star Is Born,” the Venice Film Festival has emerged as the true kickoff of the fall movie season, and the most reliable launching pad for the annual crop of awards contenders. This year’s edition, however, might have a slightly different complexion. For one thing, the only titles from major Hollywood studios are a much-delayed space epic from the director of “The Lost City of Z,” and a superhero movie from the auteur who gave the world the “Hangover” franchise. Meanwhile, the biggest Oscar contender might once again come from Netflix, as Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” is already tipped to be a home run.

Of course, it goes without saying that Venice — the oldest film festival in the world — isn’t solely defined by the Academy Awards and its attendant publicity circus. On the contrary, the Lido is always lousy
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2019 Fall Preview: The 45 Most Anticipated Films

It’s sad, but true: summer is coming to an end, school is gearing up (if you’re still of that age), and the fall film festival season is upon us. That means, it’s time to pack away the blockbusters—for the most part, anyhow—put away the superhero toys and get ready for the season of adult-centered dramas and awards-contending movies.

Read More: The Best Films Of 2019… So Far

With the advent of the fall, we’re going to get a rush of new films, some of them from the Cannes and Sundance film festivals, that are finally hitting North American shores, but also major waves of new titles from the big five film festivals: Venice, Telluride, the Toronto International Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and the New York Film Festival.

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‘Room 104’ Trailer: Season 3 Unveils Another Crazy Good Cast, Director List — Watch

For anyone who wondered how the HBO series “Room 104” would keep being able to tell different stories from within the exact same motel, there’s a new group of episodes ready to reinvent the show once more. Season 3 of the series created by Mark and Jay Duplass is set to return with another round of inexplicably divergent tales from within the world of this tiny, unassuming room, this time with a few natural excursions to boot.

With an ever-changing cast for this ongoing anthology series, this new season also brings with it a bevy of new folks to help tell these wild tales. Filling out the Season 3 ensemble are a lengthy list that includes Sam Richardson, Luke Wilson, Aasif Mandvi, Dale Dickey, Macon Blair, Arturo Castro, Fred Melamed, David Paymer, June Squibb, and a shockingly non-mustachioed Paul F. Tompkins.

As usual, these half-hour episodes come to life through the style of some exciting independent filmmakers.
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Emmy Nominated Cinematography: The Cameras, Lenses, and Looks of the Year’s Best TV Shows

IndieWire reached out to this year’s nominees for Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (One Hour), Single-Camera Series (Half-Hour), and Limited Series or Movie, and asked them which cameras and lenses they used — but even more important: Why were these these the right tools to create the look of their series?

Single Camera Series (One Hour)

The 2019 Emmy nominees for outstanding cinematography in this category are Jonathan Freeman (“Game of Thrones”), Zoë White (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), Colin Watkinson (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), Dana Gonzales (“Hanna”), Gonzalo Amat (“The Man In The High Castle”), M. David Mullen (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), and Robert McLachlan (“Ray Donovan”).

2018 Emmy Winner: Adriano Goldman for “The Crown

2017 Emmy Winner: Colin Watkinson for “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Game Of Thrones

Nominated Episode: “The Iron Throne”

Format: 3.2K Pro-Res and Arriraw 1:78

Camera: Alexa Sxt Plus, Mini; Red Epic-m Dragon (for some VFX work)

Lens: Cooke S-4, Angenieux Optimo Zooms,
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‘Corporate Animals’ Nsfw Trailer: Patrick Brice Returns With A Dark Comedy Starring Ed Helms

Patrick Brice‘s previous films “Creep” and “The Overnight” uncovered the potential of a darker side of the mumblecore genre. Though his films are cut from the same cloth of the films of Mark Duplass or Joe Swanberg, Brice finds the menace and paranoia in human intimacy and social interaction. Brice’s comedy is mired in the ever-battling anxieties and curiosities of the unknown variables of interpersonal relationships.

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Apple Reportedly Spending $6 Billion On Streaming Programming Including $300 Million On 2 Seasons Of ‘The Morning Show’

When you’re one of the wealthiest companies on the planet, the idea of spending whatever money it takes to make something work is a no-brainer. So, when Apple decided to enter the Streaming Wars, fighting against Netflix, Hulu, Disney, Amazon, Warner Bros, and NBCUniversal (just to name several), everyone assumed that Apple would be willing to write some massive checks to make sure AppleTV+ is competitive.

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‘Knives Out’ To Close Fantastic Fest 2019 As Event Adds ‘Parasite,’ ‘Color Out Of Space’ & More To Lineup

With all the talk surrounding Venice, Toronto, Telluride, and the rest, it’s sometimes easy to leave Fantastic Fest out of the discussion. But with films like “Parasite,” “Knives Out,” and “Color Out of Space” added to the lineup for the 2019 iteration, it would appear that Fantastic Fest is still one of the premier genre film fests of the year, but also one of the events where you can find some of the most-anticipated films of 2019.

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‘Bond 25’ Officially Given The Title ‘No Time To Die’

Thankfully, we don’t have to refer to Daniel Craig’s upcoming final 007 film as “Bond 25” anymore. Instead, the folks behind the superspy franchise have released the title for the film, and it’s about as vague and mysterious as any of the other titles in the long-running franchise.

From this point on, “Bond 25” will now be “No Time to Die.” After previous films with one-word titles like “Spectre” and “Skyfall,” “No Time to Die” harkens back to the long history of Bond films with phrases as titles, such as “Live and Let Die,” “You Only Live Twice,” and “Tomorrow Never Dies.” In fact, now that we look at the titles, Bond really does have an obsession with life and death, huh?

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‘Bond 25’ Finally Gets an Official Title and a Slick New Logo to Match

Yes, another James Bond adventure is indeed coming, and now the Daniel Craig-starring follow-up to his “Skyfall” and “Spectre” finally has an official title. So long, unwieldy “Bond 25,” it’s time to start referring to the Cary Fukunaga feature by its rightful title: “No Time to Die.”

The new title was announced on James Bond’s official Twitter account (surely a super-spy would not have a social media presence?), along with a slick new title treatment and a black and white logo with plenty of retro appeal. It’s the fourth film in the series to accompany “die” into its title — funny, considering the British spy’s inability to ever pass away, thanks to the miracles of constant recasting — including “Live and Let Die,” “Tomorrow Never Dies,” and “Die Another Day.”

The film features the return of franchise players Naomi Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Jeffrey Wright, Rory Kinnear,
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Fantastic Fest Announces Second Wave of Lineup, Rian Johnson’s ‘Knives Out’ to Close Festival

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Two months after announcing its first wave, the Alamo Drafthouse-created Fantastic Fest is continuing to flesh out its genre-filled lineup. Their latest slate of films is dominated by old and new horror from around the world, but two high-profile inclusions will catch movie lovers’ eyes. Rian Johnson’s “The Last Jedi” followup, the murder mystery “Knives Out,” is set to close the festival with the director in attendance. Palme d’Or winner “Parasite,” in the midst of a domestic Oscar campaign after storming the international box office, will also play Fantastic Fest.

From there, the programming places special emphasis on two categories: Mexican genre film and Lgbtq+ stories. For the former, there will be screenings of three-rarely seen Mexican horror classics, as well as lectures and a shorts program for young Mexican filmmakers.

The festival will also include screenings of some landmark Lgbtq+ horror films, including the new documentary
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National Geographic Documentary Films Pushes Into Shorts With Two New Films — Exclusive

National Geographic Documentary Films Pushes Into Shorts With Two New Films — Exclusive
After playing home to such Oscar-winning documentary features as recent winner “Free Solo” and other awards season favorites like “Jane” and “La 92,” National Geographic Documentary Films is turning its attention to another vibrant side of the doc world: short films. The debut slate will include the documentary shorts “Lost and Found,” from Academy Award-winning director Orlando von Einsiedel, and “The Nightcrawlers” from Academy Award-winning producer Joanna Natasegara and first-time director Alexander A. Mora.

“We have seen incredible momentum and critical acclaim since the launch of National Geographic Documentary Films two-and-a-half years ago. It feels like the logical next step to expand our presence in the documentary film landscape with documentary shorts” said Carolyn Bernstein, Evp, global scripted content and documentary films, National Geographic in an official statement.

She added, “National Geographic has always been committed to telling globally relevant and engaging stories that deepen audiences’ understanding of the world and their role in it.
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Writer/Producer Amy Berg Reveals She Got Passed Up By Marvel For ‘Hawkeye’ Disney+ Series

We’re coming up on the start of Disney’s D23 convention. And at the event, it’s expected that Marvel Studios will have a panel that will maybe rival the recent San Diego Comic-Con Phase 4 unveiling. What exactly that entails is anyone’s guess at this point. However, it would appear that there could at least be some more info about some of the Disney+ streaming series, such as “Hawkeye.”

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