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Gkids Acquires ‘Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles’ (Exclusive)

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Gkids Acquires ‘Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles’ (Exclusive)
Buenos Aires — Gkids, the U.S. distributor of ten Best Animated Feature Oscar nominations including this year’s “The Breadwinner,” has acquired North American rights to Spaniard Salvador Simó’s “Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles.” Gkids will release the film theatrically next year.

The animated feature is sold worldwide by Spain’s Latido Films; the all-rights deal was negotiated by Gkids’ CEO and founder Eric Beckman and Latido’s Antonio Saura.

The acquisition comes after “Buñuel” world premiered at this year’s Gkids co-run Animation Is Film Festival in Los Angeles, snagging a Special Jury Prize for its innovative handling of unexpected subject matter and positive reviews.

“Frankly, it was a brilliant choice on the part of director Salvador Simo to use such an expressionistic medium [as animation] to examine how surrealist filmmaker Luis Buñuel bent reality to his own ends in the making of 1933 documentary “Las Hurdes” (aka “Land
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Denis Villeneuve Adores ‘A Star Is Born’: ‘It Marks the Birth of a Great Director’

Denis Villeneuve Adores ‘A Star Is Born’: ‘It Marks the Birth of a Great Director’
Denis Villeneuve might have taken the year off from releasing his own movies, but the filmmaker was actively watching films in 2018 and, like nearly everyone else around the world, he fell madly in love with Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born.” As part of Variety’s Directors on Directors series, Villeneuve wrote a love letter to the film, which has recently picked up major nominations from the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

“The North American premiere of ‘A Star Is Born’ was like nothing I’d seen before,” Villeneuve writes. “It wasn’t a normal screening. It was a rock concert. Several times during the movie, the audience cheered and erupted into loud applause. They were, or course, responding to Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s electrifying performances. But something else was at work.”

Villeneuve continued, “You can’t cheat when you sing. You are either
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Peter Jackson Talks ‘Mortal Engines,’ His New Wwi Doc, ‘Lord Of The Rings’ & More [Interview]

It’s not often you get to meet the director of one of your favorite films of all time, and it’s equally as gratifying to discover that they are exactly as you imagined.

Peter Jackson is a man who needs little to no introduction being the master world builder that he is and the visionary filmmaker behind the “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. He also has managed to place himself at the forefront of cutting-edge technological filmmaking innovations such as his founding of special and visual effects company Weta, his work with performance capture, and his recent plunge into Augmented Reality Storytelling to name a few.

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Berlin Film Festival 2019 Announces Fatih Akin, François Ozon & More Added To Line-Up

Even though we still are dealing with the post-fall film festival hangover, it’s time to start looking ahead to 2019. We’ve already seen the year’s first major festival, Sundance, reveal most of its lineup, and now, the Berlin International Film Festival has followed suit. However, instead of releasing its full selection of films, we’re only getting a taste of what’s to come. But judging by what the festival is revealing already, 2019 is sure to be another strong year for Berlin.

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Taylor Swift Concert Movie Coming to Netflix New Year’s Eve

Taylor Swift Concert Movie Coming to Netflix New Year’s Eve
Someone tell Paul Schrader: Taylor Swift is helping everyone close out 2018.

A concert movie, filmed during the pop megastar’s most recent tour, will be available on Netflix December 31 as the streaming service rounds out its most ambitious music year yet.

Swift’s tour, which spanned six months earlier this year, came on the heels of “Reputation,” one of the artist’s most divisive albums yet. Thursday’s announcement explained that the special, titled “Taylor Swift reputation Stadium Tour” was filmed at the sold-out final concert of the singer’s American leg of the tour at At&T Stadium in Arlington.

Read More: Paul Schrader Bows Down to Taylor Swift, Says She ‘Gives Meaning to Our Lives’ and ‘Makes Existence Possible’

To celebrate the news, Netflix also released a trailer for the upcoming event, showing that the concert features Swift in a number of different modes: solo acoustic, flanked
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Phil Lord Was Adamant ‘Spider-Verse’ Not Use Subtitles for Spanish-Language Scenes

Sony’s “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is full of eye-popping animation and lovable variations of the titular superhero, but one thing it’s lacking is subtitles. During scenes in which Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) converses with his mother, Rio Morales (Luna Lauren Velez), the film features the Spanish language but does not subtitle the conversations. The choice was a purposeful one made by “Spider-Verse” producer and co-writer Phil Lord.

“I grew up in a bilingual household in the bilingual city of Miami where you hear Spanish all over the place, and it’s not particularly remarkable,” Lord told Remezcla at the “Spider-Verse” premiere. “It was important for us to hear Spanish and not necessarily have it subtitled. It’s just part of the fabric of Miles’ community and family life.”

Lord, whose mother is from Cuba and father from the United States, said he related to Miles in the movie
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Ossang Doubloons the Corridas of Losers

F.J. Ossang's Doctor Chance (1997) is showing on Mubi in December and January, 2018 as part of the series F.J. Ossang: Cinema Is Punk.“Out into the halls again, past dark Coke machines, and there he is lying horizontally across a metal folding chair like he’s practicing a levitation trick, both ragged cowboy boots propped up on a metal desk. He’s blue. That’s the first thing that strikes me. He’s all blue from the eyes clear down through his clothes. First thing he says to me, ‘We don’t have to make any connections.’ At first I’m not sure if he’s talking about us personally or the movie. ‘None of this has to connect, in fact it is better if it doesn’t connect.’“ —Sam Shepard, Rolling Thunder Logbook“The world has a new form of beauty: speed. Art is dead.” —Angstel Presley von
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SAG Awards Prove ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Has Oscar Momentum, But It’s Not the Only Surprise

Among the many awards season updates throughout the end of the year, the SAG awards carry more authority than most of the others leading up to them. Unlike the various critics awards and the Golden Globes, many SAG voters are also Academy members, which means that the nominations actually provide some clear indications of which Oscar contenders have real momentum.

While “A Star Is Born” continues its popularity streak, the 2019 SAG nominees have plenty of intriguing surprises in them — including significant support for “BlacKkKlansman.” But it’s not the only major title worth digging into from these results. In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson talk through this year’s SAG nominations and what they mean for the weeks ahead.

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Movies New to Netflix in January: ‘Pulp Fiction,’ ‘Pan’s Labyrinth,’ and More

As Netflix heads into its first legitimate Oscar season, the streaming giant is hoping to pull out nominations and wins for “Roma,” “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” and “Girl.” Lest Netflix lose sight of its one true purpose, the platform will be streaming the entire “Indiana Jones” franchise beginning in January. The streamer announced today its full list of titles for the new year, and it’s the expected mix of cult hit indies and little-known original films.

Quentin Tarantino fans can rejoice in January: “Pulp Fiction” heads to Netflix in the beginning of the month, and the classic continues to be endlessly re-watchable. Guillermo del Toro fans can also peruse “Pan’s Labyrinth,” and relive a simpler time before the Mexican filmmaker’s polarizing “The Shape of Water” Oscar win. David Mackenzie and Taylor Sheridan’s 2016 crime drama “Hell or High Water” also becomes available on the same day.
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‘Champaign Ill’ Review: Adam Pally and Sam Richardson Pop in Sharp YouTube Comedy

When the universe closes a door, it opens a window. On December 12, Comedy Central confirmed the cancellation of “Detroiters,” a joyous comedy co-starring and co-created by Sam Richardson. On December 13, YouTube Premium released the first season of “Champaign, Ill,” co-starring Richardson and co-created with David Caspe (“Happy Endings”) and a slew of his former writers.

“Champaign, Ill” isn’t quite the second coming of “Detroiters” — its black comic elements stemmed from characters more jaded than Sam (Richardson) and Tim (Tim Robinson) ever were — but the two shows share more than Richardson’s increasingly bankable charms. They both rely on chemistry and creativity, track two best friends who rely on their artistic prowess to succeed in life, and take their show titles from the Midwest.

Most significantly, the new buddy comedy is an absurd, fun, and fresh spin on adults stuck in arrested development. Kicking off in 2003, “Champaign Ill” introduces Ronnie
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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’: Breaking the Rules of Animation

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’: Breaking the Rules of Animation
One of the reasons why “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” has become an Oscar contender and the most honored animated feature this season is because of its bold, innovative style. In bringing Miles Morales to the big screen, producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller wanted to break the rules of animation by making a moving comic book.

The producers supplied the vision, assembling a trio of talented directors and an impressive voice cast (led by Shameik Moore as Morales). But Lord and Miller relied on go-to production designer Justin Thompson to design the ambitious look.

“As somebody obsessed with comics my whole life, I had seen films translated from comics and I always thought something got lost in the translation,” said Thompson. “So I thought it would be amazing to make a movie from Miles Morales’ point of view, living inside a comic book and staring out at me: those Ben-Day dots,
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‘The Favourite’: Oscar Nod Likely for Dp Robbie Ryan, But Damned If He Knows Why

‘The Favourite’: Oscar Nod Likely for Dp Robbie Ryan, But Damned If He Knows Why
To hear Robbie Ryan tell it, he was “a glorified camera operator” on “The Favourite.” Shot entirely in natural light, director Yorgos Lanthimos was against his cinematographer cluttering the set with flags, bounce or diffusion in an effort to shape the light. He also picked the lenses, knowing he would rely almost entirely on the extremely wide 10mm lens he experimented with while shooting “The Killing of a Sacred Deer.”

“At the end of the job, I said to Yorgos, ‘You should be shooting your own films, ’cause your an amazingly astute cinematographer in your own mind and I’m just kind of a glorified operator on this,’” said Ryan. “And I still kind of stick to that adage, but he’s going, ‘No, no. I like the way we worked.’”

Ryan was in many ways a natural partner for Lanthimos on “The Favourite.” From his collaborations with director Andrea Arnold,
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Marvel/Netflix Fallout: Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage & The Defenders Can’t Appear On Disney+ Until 2020

There’s a lot of wishing, praying, bitterness, resent, and a cavalcade of complicated emotions for fans of the recently-canceled Marvel shows on Netflix. “Daredevil,” the streaming giant’s most popular show has been dropped, and two lesser-successful shows “Iron Fist,” and “Luke Cage” were deep-sixed earlier this fall (apparently none of the shows were very bingeworthy and didn’t crack Netflix’s top 10 most-watched shows of 2018).

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Lucrecia Martel Turned Down ‘Black Widow’ After Marvel Told Her ‘Don’t Worry About’ Action Scenes

Lucrecia Martel Turned Down ‘Black Widow’ After Marvel Told Her ‘Don’t Worry About’ Action Scenes
The thought of Argentinian filmmaker Lucrecia Martel directing a Marvel movie may sound unusual (her challenging style is a far cry from the McU), but she was included on the studio’s shortlist of filmmakers to helm the Black Widow standalone movie, starring Scarlett Johansson. Martel recently told India’s English-language newspaper The Daily Pioneer (via The Playlist) that her interest in the Marvel film didn’t go beyond her first meeting with the studio.

“I received an e-mail from Marvel for a meeting,” Martel said. “So I went to the [Marvel 10th Anniversary] reunion. I actually signed this thing where I can’t talk about that reunion. Marvel and other such production houses are trying to involve more female filmmakers…What they told me in the meeting was ‘we need a female director because we need someone who is mostly concerned with the development of Scarlett Johansson’s character.'”

Martel continued,
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Peter Jackson Would “Love To Help” Amazon With ‘Lord Of The Rings’ & Says ‘Tintin 2’ Isn’t Dead

Sure, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson has a new film coming Friday, “Mortal Engines,” which he co-wrote and produced. But considering the less-than-stellar early reviews, and the absolute bonkers box office competition facing the sci-fi/fantasy film, many are already looking past “Mortal Engines” and focusing on future Jackson projects. Namely, that “Lord of the Rings” TV show and “Tintin 2.”

During a recent interview we conducted with Jackson, we asked about those projects, to see if there were any updates on the status of the filmmaker’s involvement.

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The 20 Best TV Moments in 2018

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More often than not, it’s the heart-pounding, jaw-dropping, or heartbreaking moments which define our memories of great television. Which is why each year, IndieWire chooses to recognize those scenes and twists which keep us enraptured in TV’s variety of narratives.

The picks below celebrate on-screen seconds which are the best sort of gut-punches and serve as examples of how this medium can have a genuine impact on how people see the world. From the far-off future to the Biblical past, it was an incredible year for TV, and these moments will be remembered for a long time.

[Editor’s Note: The following article contains light spoilers for the featured series.]

“911”

Bounce House Time!

“9-1-1” is a show built on sheer audacity. What other show would begin with a woman getting slowly constricted to death by a giant snake (and not have that be the craziest thing that happened in the episode)? Showing that no one was truly safe from the whims of Los Angeles-area disasters,
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‘The Mule’: Clint Eastwood Is A Geriatric Gardner-Turned-Outlaw In This Oddly Charming Thriller [Review]

Hats off to Clint Eastwood – not only has the film legend just directed and starred in a new film at the impressive age of 88, but it appears he still has some surprises up his sleeve. Overbearing trailer aside, “The Mule” is not the movie you may think it is. That is, unless you thought it would be an often-comedic riff on aging that takes Eastwood on a journey from being a 78-year-old seersucker-clad champion daylily gardener to an outlaw pushing 90, who has a threesome at a Mexican cartel party.

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‘The Mule’ Review: Clint Eastwood’s Best Movie in More than 25 Years

‘The Mule’ Review: Clint Eastwood’s Best Movie in More than 25 Years
At 88 years old, Clint Eastwood might be the hardest-working man in Hollywood. And now, with his second directorial outing of 2018 — and his best film since at least “Letters from Iwo Jima” in 2006, and perhaps 1993’s “A Perfect World” before that — he’s finally explained why.

Inspired by a Sam Dolnick article in the New York Times Magazine called “The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year-Old Drug Mule,” “The Mule” is a far cry from the red state fantasy that some people feared from a Maga-era vehicle by an auteur who’s publicly endorsed the Republican Party in the somewhat recent past (two presidential elections and a zillion news cycles ago). On the contrary, Eastwood’s latest thriller is a tender, conflicted, and sometimes very funny meditation on what America conditions people to want for themselves — on how natural it can be to forget who you are in a country where work is an identity unto itself.
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‘The Mandalorian’ Adds Werner Herzog, Giancarlo Esposito, Carl Weathers to Cast

‘The Mandalorian’ Adds Werner Herzog, Giancarlo Esposito, Carl Weathers to Cast
Not only did Werner Herzog get closer to Disney World, it looks like he’s made it onto Disney+ for good measure.

Per an official release through the Star Wars website, the legendary director is part of a handful of new additions to the cast of “The Mandalorian,” the upcoming TV show being made for Disney’s new streaming platform. The official news confirms last month’s reports that Pedro Pascal will star in the series as the title character and that Gina Carano would be joining him.

The latest batch of additions to the growing ensemble include Giancarlo Esposito, Carl Weathers, Nick Nolte, Omid Abtahi, and Emily Swallow.

One can only assume that this is the project that Herzog was referencing during a September interview with IndieWire, in which he said he would soon be in “a big franchise film, about which I’m not supposed to say anything.
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‘The Mandalorian’: Werner Herzog & Giancarlo Espisito Officially Join The Cast Of ‘Star Wars’ Series

In September, while promoting “Meeting Gorbachev,” filmmaker (and sometimes-actor) Werner Herzog revealed he would be filming for a “big film franchise” under the code-name “Huckleberry.” At the time, guesses ranged anywhere from a “Star Wars” film to “Top Gun 2.” But now, thanks to a new announcement from Disney, we know exactly what “Huckleberry” actually is.

Read More: Constance Wu Doesn’t Want To Work On A ‘Star Wars’ Film: “It’s Golden Shackles”

Herzog said at the time that he would soon act in “a big franchise film, about which I’m not supposed to say anything.” He continued, “ I can only say the title.

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