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Stockholm International Film Festival turns 30 - Stockholm 2019

The Swedish gathering has announced the programme of its 30th-anniversary edition, set to open with Noah Baumbach’s starry new outing, Marriage Story. With its most equal programme to date and the participation of female directors raised to 40%, the Stockholm International Film Festival – founded in 1990 – has announced the programme of its celebratory 30th edition. The event, scheduled to begin on 6 November with Noah Baumbach administering a punch to the heart with his latest effort, Marriage Story, as well as accommodating the Swedish premiere of Roy Andersson’s About Endlessness, will screen 150 films from over 60 different countries – including France, chosen as this year’s spotlight. Francophiles will get to see over 25 titles, from the recent Oscar submission Les Misérables by Ladj Ly to By the Grace of God by François Ozon or Atlantics by Mati Diop. “It felt like it was a matter of course...
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This Week In Music: Trump Takes On Beyonce, Bruce And Prince, While Hong Kong Gets Its Own Song

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This Week In Music: Trump Takes On Beyonce, Bruce And Prince, While Hong Kong Gets Its Own Song
Music evokes many emotions in people, and never was that more evident than in this week’s music news.

In Hong Kong, the street protests have adopted a new anthem to fuel passions, while on the domestic front, President Donald Trump managed to get into a dust-up with the Prince estate. He also found time to put down “little” Bruce Springsteen and let the world know that he didn’t need any music superstars to appear at his rallies in order to draw a crowd (perhaps disappointing Lee Greenwood and Toby Keith).

This week in music:

The Prince And The President: Prince’s estate was miffed at President Donald Trump this week for playing Purple Rain at his Minneapolis rally. Trump’s attorneys previously promised that they would not use Prince’s music in connection with the campaign activities. It was unlikely that Trump had anything to do with the music selection at the rally,
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93 Countries Will Be Competing For Oscar Nominations In Best International Feature

Earlier in the week, we finally learned which films would be selected by all of the countries in search of Academy Award love in Best International Feature. Not only did we get the answers to some questions regarding what each nation would pick, but we found that a record breaking 93 submissions have been made here in 2019. It’s truly the largest slate ever for voters to sift through. Talk about a good problem to have! Below you can see all of the titles in competition for the Best International Feature Oscar. Right now, only Parasite from South Korea and Pain and Glory from Spain seem like safe bets, with the former almost assured of winning the Academy Award. Aside from them? Anything goes in this category, which has potential nominees like Atlantics from Senegal, Beanpole from Russia, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind from the United Kingdom, The Chambermaid from Mexico,
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David Oyelowo to Star in ‘President Is Missing’ Pilot From Bill Clinton, James Patterson at Showtime

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David Oyelowo to Star in ‘President Is Missing’ Pilot From Bill Clinton, James Patterson at Showtime
David Oyelowo has been tapped for the lead role in “The President Is Missing” at Showtime, with the project receiving a pilot order at the premium cabler.

The project is based on the book of the same name by Bill Clinton and James Patterson, which was released last year. In “The President Is Missing,” a powerless and politically aimless Vice President (Oyelowo) unexpectedly becomes President halfway into his administration’s first term, despite his every wish to the contrary. He walks right into a secret, world-threatening crisis, both inside and outside the White House. Attacked by both friends and enemies alike, with scandal and conspiracy swirling around him, he is confronted with a terrible choice: keep his head down, toe the party line and survive, or act on his stubborn, late-developing conscience and take a stand.

“David brings such enormous depth, sensitivity and power to every role he plays,” said Gary Levine,
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The President Is Missing: David Oyelowo Elected Potus in Showtime Drama Pilot, Based on Best-Selling Novel by Bill Clinton and James Patterson

Showtime has found its president.

David Oyelowo (Selma) has been tapped to star as a reluctant Potus in The President Is Missing, a Showtime drama pilot based on the bestselling novel by President Bill Clinton and James Patterson.

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The potential series tells the fictional story of a “powerless and politically aimless Vice President (played by Oyelowo) who
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Oscars: Record 93 Countries Submit Entries for Best International Feature Film

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Oscars: Record 93 Countries Submit Entries for Best International Feature Film
A record-breaking total of 93 countries have submitted entries to be considered for best international film nominations at the Academy Awards.

The Academy announced the full list of eligible films and countries on Monday. Ghana, Nigeria and Uzbekisztan are competing for the first time in the category, which was previously known as the best foreign-language film category.

The previous high for submissions was 92 in 2017. A total of 87 films were submitted last year. Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” won the category this year, becoming the first Mexican entry to win the award.

High-profile entries include South Korea’s “Parasite,” Bong Joon Ho’s black comedy which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival; Spain’s “Pain and Glory” from Pedro Almodovar with Antonio Banderas starring as a film director; Japan’s “Weathering With You,” the country’s first animated entry since “Princess Mononoke”; Senegal’s “Atlantics” from director Mati Diop,
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Oscars: A Record 93 Films Qualify For Best International Feature Film

The 2020 foreign-language Oscar nominees will come from submissions from 93 countries, up from last year’s 87, and breaking the record 92 from 2017. A contender for the renamed Best International Feature must be a feature-length motion picture (more than 40 minutes) produced outside the United States with a predominantly non-English dialogue track.

Ghana, Nigeria, and Uzbekistan are first-time entrants, but Uganda did not qualify. China (Yu Yang’s “Ne Zha”) and Senegal (Mati Diop’s “Atlantics”) submitted their films under the wire on the deadline of October 1.

Earlier this year, the Academy’s Board of Governors voted not only to rename the Foreign Language Film category, but to expand the shortlist from nine films to 10.

The 2019 submissions, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:

Albania, “The Delegation,” Bujar Alimani, director;

Algeria, “Papicha,” Mounia Meddour, director;

Argentina, “Heroic Losers,” Sebastián Borensztein, director;

Armenia, “Lengthy Night,” Edgar Baghdasaryan, director;

Australia, “Buoyancy,” Rodd Rathjen, director;

Austria, “Joy,
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Oscars: A Record 93 Films Qualify For Best International Feature Film

The 2020 foreign-language Oscar nominees will come from submissions from 93 countries, up from last year’s 87, and breaking the record 92 from 2017. A contender for the renamed Best International Feature must be a feature-length motion picture (more than 40 minutes) produced outside the United States with a predominantly non-English dialogue track.

Ghana, Nigeria, and Uzbekistan are first-time entrants, but Uganda did not qualify. China (Yu Yang’s “Ne Zha”) and Senegal (Mati Diop’s “Atlantics”) submitted their films under the wire on the deadline of October 1.

Earlier this year, the Academy’s Board of Governors voted not only to rename the Foreign Language Film category, but to expand the shortlist from nine films to 10.

The 2019 submissions, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:

Albania, “The Delegation,” Bujar Alimani, director;

Algeria, “Papicha,” Mounia Meddour, director;

Argentina, “Heroic Losers,” Sebastián Borensztein, director;

Armenia, “Lengthy Night,” Edgar Baghdasaryan, director;

Australia, “Buoyancy,” Rodd Rathjen, director;

Austria, “Joy,
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Oscars: Best International Feature Film Race Faces Deadline, and a Stacked Field

Oscars: Best International Feature Film Race Faces Deadline, and a Stacked Field
Last year’s final foreign-language Oscar nominations — for what is now called the Best International Feature Film category — were culled from 87 submissions from around the world, and this year’s crop could be close to that number. The Academy will announce its list of eligible submissions after the official deadline of today, October 1.

Leading the crowded field is “Parasite” (Neon) from Bong Joon Ho (“Okja”), who returned to Cannes and took home the Palme d’Or, the first Korean filmmaker to do so. He could also become the first Oscar nominee from South Korea. Neon is pushing the film in multiple categories, hoping for the range of Oscar nods scored by Netflix’s “Roma” and Amazon’s “Cold War” last year.

Winning Best Actor at Cannes was Antonio Banderas, star of Oscar winner Pedro Almodóvar’s autobiographical “Pain & Glory” (October 4), who is long overdue for an Oscar nomination. Banderas gives a subtle,
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Oscars: Best International Feature Film Race Faces Deadline, and a Stacked Field

Oscars: Best International Feature Film Race Faces Deadline, and a Stacked Field
Last year’s final foreign-language Oscar nominations — for what is now called the Best International Feature Film category — were culled from 87 submissions from around the world, and this year’s crop could be close to that number. The Academy will announce its list of eligible submissions after the official deadline of today, October 1.

Leading the crowded field is “Parasite” (Neon) from Bong Joon Ho (“Okja”), who returned to Cannes and took home the Palme d’Or, the first Korean filmmaker to do so. He could also become the first Oscar nominee from South Korea. Neon is pushing the film in multiple categories, hoping for the range of Oscar nods scored by Netflix’s “Roma” and Amazon’s “Cold War” last year.

Winning Best Actor at Cannes was Antonio Banderas, star of Oscar winner Pedro Almodóvar’s autobiographical “Pain & Glory” (October 4), who is long overdue for an Oscar nomination. Banderas gives a subtle,
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‘I Lost My Body’ earns unprecedented Colcoa triumph as streamers dominate key awards

Les Misérables wins Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s best first film award.

Netflix’s animation I Lost My Body has won an unprecedented double as Colcoa French Film Festival concluded, winning the 23rd edition’s Los Angeles Film Critics Association jury award and audience award in Los Angeles.

Jérémy Clapin’s Paris-set I Lost My Body premiered in Cannes and tells of a severed hand that flees a laboratory on a quest to find its body. It won Critics’ Week and Netflix snapped up worldwide rights excluding France, Benelux, and China

Ladj Ly’s Les Misérables won the Los
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'I Lost My Body' earns unprecedent Colcoa triumph as streamers dominate key awards

Les Misérables wins Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s best first film award.

Netflix’s animation I Lost My Body has won an unprecedented double as Cocoa French Film Festival concluded, winning the 23rd edition’s Los Angeles Film Critics Association jury award and audience award in Los Angeles.

Jérémy Clapin’s Paris-set I Lost My Body premiered in Cannes and tells of a severed hand that flees a laboratory on a quest to find its body. It won Critics’ Week and Netflix snapped up worldwide rights excluding France, Benelux, and China

Ladj Ly’s Les Misérables won the Los
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Paradigm Signs 'Poldark' Actor Woody Norman (Exclusive)

Paradigm has signed young actor Woody Norman, who most recently starred on the fifth season of Masterpiece Theatre's Poldark as the illegitimate son of the title character.

Justin Molotnikov, one of the directors on Poldark, has tapped Norman to star in the U.K. thriller The Small Hand, based on the novel of the same name by Susan Hill (The Woman in Black). The actor's other credits include playing Thomas Edison's (Benedict Cumberbatch) son in director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's cut of The Current War; portraying young Marius on PBS' miniseries adaptation of Les Misérables; and playing Prince Harry opposite Jodie Comer ...
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Kristen Stewart Amazon Studios Pic ‘Seberg’ Stakes Awards-Season Release Date

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Exclusive: Amazon Studios has set December 13 as the opening day for its Kristen Stewart-starring Jean Seberg biopic Seberg.

In the movie, Stewart plays the French New Wave and Breathless star Seberg, who in the late 1960s was targeted by the FBI because of her support of the civil rights movement and romantic involvement with Hakim Jamal (Anthony Mackie), among others. In Benedict Andrews’ noir-ish thriller, Seberg’s life and career are destroyed by Hoover’s overreaching surveillance and harassment in an effort to suppress and discredit Seberg’s activism.

The pic, directed by Andrews and written by Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel, received a seven-minute standing ovation out of its Venice Film Festival premiere. Stewart was recently honored at the Deauville American Film Festival, where director Olivier Assayas presented her with the Talent Award. She will also be receiving the Golden Eye Award at the Zurich Film Festival early next month,
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‘Les Misérables’ Marks France’s First Oscar Submission By a Black Filmmaker

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‘Les Misérables’ Marks France’s First Oscar Submission By a Black Filmmaker
Ladj Ly’s politically-charged feature debut, “Les Miserables,” which won the Jury Prize at Cannes, has been selected by France’s Oscar committee as the country’s submission to the international feature film competition. While much has been made about the decision to submit the film over “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” the decision by the committee is a historical one for the country, as it marks the first time that France has chosen a film from a black filmmaker to represent the country at the Academy Awards.

Based on his powerful 2017 short film of the same name, “Les Misérables” is inspired by the violent 2005 Paris riots, which primarily involved youth of African descent. The three-week uprising was rooted in rising unemployment among the youth, who were mostly confined to poor housing estates, and the harassment they routinely experienced at the hands of the police. At the center of
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Oscars: Cannes Jury Prize Winner ‘Les Misérables’ To Fly Flag For France In International Film Race

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Oscars: Cannes Jury Prize Winner ‘Les Misérables’ To Fly Flag For France In International Film Race
Ladj Ly’s politically charged urban drama Les Miserables has been chosen to represent France in the Best International Feature Film category at the 92nd Oscars. The Cannes Jury Prize winner also recently played Toronto and is opening the Colcoa fest in Los Angeles at the DGA this Monday. It will release in the U.S. via Amazon on January 10 after closing one of the biggest domestic deals ever for a French-language movie last May.

Ly, who was a rare first-timer in the Cannes Competition, as well as a Deadline One To Watch this year, wrote and directed Les Misérables which was inspired by the by the 2005 Paris riots, and Ly’s César-nominated short film of the same name. It takes a provocative look into the tensions between neighborhood residents and police, centering on Stéphane (Damien Bonnard), who has recently joined the anti-crime brigade in Montfermeil, the Paris suburb where
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Ladj Ly’s Cannes Prize-Winner ‘Les Miserables’ Is France’s Oscar Submission

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Ladj Ly’s Cannes Prize-Winner ‘Les Miserables’ Is France’s Oscar Submission
Ladj Ly’s politically charged drama “Les Miserables,” which won the Jury Prize at Cannes, has been chosen by France’s Oscar committee to enter the international feature film race.

In one of the most competitive years for French movies, “Les Miserables” beat out Celine Sciamma’s “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” the 18th-century-set romance which won best screenplay at Cannes. Also falling short was Alice Winocour’s “Proxima,” which opened at Toronto in the competitive Platform section and received an honorable mention. The film stars Eva Green as an astronaut preparing for a mission that will separate her from her young daughter.

Les Miserables,” which was bought by Amazon for the U.S., earned stellar reviews at Cannes, including in Variety, whose review said the film “simmers with urgent anger over police brutality” and compared Ly’s work to that of Spike Lee.

The movie just had its
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French film productions showcased at Hollywood's Colcoa - Festivals / Awards - USA/France

A raft of premiere screenings are on the menu at the 23rd edition of the Colcoa French Film Festival, which will unspool in Los Angeles from 23-28 September. Having been rescheduled in the annual calendar of film-industry events and now organised prior to the start of the awards season in the USA, instead of taking place in the spring, Colcoa, Hollywood’s very own French film festival, organised on the brand-new premises of the Directors' Guild of America, will kick off on Monday 23 September with the Cannes-awarded Les Misérables by Ladj Ly and will be brought to a close on 28 September by another Croisette-premiered movie that is also being presented as a Us premiere: La belle époque by Nicolas Bedos. In total, 25 features will be duking it out for the...
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New Featurette for Cats Takes a Look Inside the Creepiest Film of 2019

When the first trailer hit for the feature film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic Broadway musical Cats, the people who watched it were like… “Wtf!?”

It certainly has a very strange visual look and style to it and comes off as being super creepy. Having grown up with a dad who is a professional singer, musicals are something that I’m used to and I actually really enjoyed the music of Cats. But the way it’s presented on both stage and film is super weird.

We have a new featurette to share with you today that takes you behind-the-scenes of what is sure to be one of the creepiest films of 2019. It features interviews with the cast and crew as well as new footage of the CGI cats running around.

Cats was adapted for the big screen by Tom Hooper, and the film has an incredible ensemble cast that includes James Corden,
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Toronto Film Review: Annette Bening in ‘Hope Gap’

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Toronto Film Review: Annette Bening in ‘Hope Gap’
In “Hope Gap,” Annette Bening plays a fiercely intelligent but not nearly independent enough English housewife who has been toiling away on a project for years. A lover of literature, and poetry in particular, Bening’s character Grace is compiling a book of verses for the full range of human experience. She intends to call it “I Have Been Here Before,” and it will serve as a kind of life preserver for the dejected and depressed, reminding that no one is experiencing hardship for the first time, and that others more eloquent have managed to put those feelings to paper, signaling the way through for all who follow.

Writer-director William Nicholson intends “Hope Gap” to work in much the same way. , it’s the story of a marriage that ended almost entirely out of the blue after the couple had been together for 29 years. Except the split wasn’t unexpected
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